Isai Sheinberg fully admitted guilt in the high-profile Black Friday affair

Isai Sheinberg - Founder PokerStars - pleaded guilty to the high-profile Black Friday affair. Currently, the verdict has not been announced, meanwhile, the businessman faces up to five years in prison.

On March 25, 2020, the United States Department of Justice published a report on its Web site called “PokerStars Founder Pleads Guilty.” U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Berman has officially stated that the former director of PokerStars Isai Sheinberg has fully admitted his guilt in the illegal multi-million dollar online gambling activity.

According to official figures, back in 2010, the United States Attorney's Office filed a total of eleven official charges of illegal organization of a gambling business, as well as a number of other crimes against giant poker operators.

Eight years ago, the management of PokerStars paid a fine of almost $ 550 million to the US budget, and also pledged to refund $ 184 million to users of other poker operators. A year later, the son of the founder of PokerStars Mark Scheinberg paid compensation in the amount of $ 50 million from the funds received from the activities of the poker operator. It should be noted that at the same time Mark Scheinberg is not a defendant in the high-profile case of Black Friday.

Canadian and Israeli citizen Isai Sheinberg is currently 73 years old. The businessman hid from law enforcement in Switzerland for nine years and traveled in his private plane. Last summer, a businessman was arrested in Switzerland on charges brought by the United States. In January of this year, Isai Sheinberg appeared before the American justice system.

The businessman pleaded guilty to illegal gambling business on the Internet. For this crime, the maximum penalty is five years in prison. Nevertheless, in the vast majority of cases of similar crimes the American judicial practice most often exacts a fine from the defendant or is limited to a short term of imprisonment. There is an opinion that the agreement on the recognition of guilt by Isai Sheinberg was prepared in advance, which makes it highly likely that the businessman already knows what punishment awaits him.

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