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Black Friday Suspect Detained

8 June 2011 by admin

One of the suspects who was indicted in the April 15th Black Friday has officially been detained. Ira Rubin was charged along with eleven other individuals, including the founders of the three major US-facing online poker sites, with working to aid the three online poker companies in circumventing US law.

Rubin was caught in Guatemala after fleeing from Costa Rica on the day, now known as Black Friday, the indictment was unsealed; he was then brought to the US. Since then he was been locked up. However yesterday he was brought in for a detention hearing in Manhattan where it was determined that he needed to be detained because it was discovered he had a criminal history that dates back to the 70’s. It was also discovered that he had an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for contempt of court in a civil case; the case had been brought forward by the Federal Trade Commission for his part in telemarketing fraud.

According to US Attorneys, more specifically according to US Attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown, Rubin’s role in the whole online poker site payment processing was to recruit people to set up fake businesses that could be used to process funds in and out of the country. Devlin-Brown added that Rubin “processed hundreds of millions of dollars” all on his own. Hence his indictment in the Black Friday crackdown.

Whether there is evidence to back that up or not waits to be seen. According to Stuart D. Meissner, who is Rubin’s lawyer, what evidence the US Attorneys Office has is questionable at best. “I do think this entire case is a little bit of an overkill. We will fight the charges.” In regards to the detainment order that was handed out yesterday, Meissner has stated, “My client wants to address the charges here. He will stay in the US and would like to face the charges here.”

A date has not yet been set for Rubin to face those charges that were unsealed on Black Friday. Needless to say it appears that Rubin and his lawyer are going to fit the Black Friday charges of money laundering and bank fraud. The entire online casino industry has been shaken up by Black Friday and Blue Monday.

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