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    Default Absolute Pokerís Scott Tom accepts $300K plea deal

    Scott Tom, the former Absolute Poker president and a Black Friday defendant, has reportedly reached a plea deal with prosecutors that will see him facing minimal jail time, if any at all. Of the 11 defendants named in the original Black Friday indictment, only Isai Scheinberg, has yet to resolve pending criminal complaints.


    On May 31, prosecutors accepted an agreement for Tom to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact in the transmission of gambling information, for which he will pay a $300,000 fine.

    As one of 11 infamous 11 Black Friday defendants, Tom faced multiple felony charges, including violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, conspiracy to violate the UIGEA, and operation of an illegal gambling business. The charges carried a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

    Tomís official sentencing is scheduled to take place September 28 in the court of US Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses. Reporters say that prosecutors are recommending the judge adhere to sentencing guidelines that could see him behind bars for up to six months, but more likely will be accepted at no time, with a year of probation.
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