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Asset Seizure Warrant Issued Against FTP Owners
As part of the amended civil complaint filed on Monday, a judge has issued a seizure warrant against five bank accounts belonging to the accused board members of Full Tilt Poker.
Technically the warrant is called a "warrant in rem," which is a civll action directed towards the property of the individuals, not a criminal arrest warrant.
All five accounts are directly connected to accused board members Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Rafe Furst.
The accounts are listed as subject to civil forfeiture as "property constituting or derived from proceeds traceable to vioations of specific unlawful activites."
Those activiteis include "operating an illegal gambling business," "wire fraud," "bank fraud" and "money laundering."
Below is the text from the warrant directly naming the accounts to be seized.
"YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED AND AUTHORIZED to seize the property described below by personally serving a copy of this warrant in rem upon any person presently in possession of such property:
All funds and other property on deposit in account numbered GB81 RBOS 6095 4234 0877 66 held at NatWest, in the name of Raymond Bitar, and all funds traceable thereto;
All funds and other property on deposit in account numbered 7655741861 held at Wells Fargo Bank N.A. in the name of HH Lederer Consulting LLC, and all funds traceable thereto; and
All funds and other property on deposit in account numbered GB56LOYD30166314010402 held at Lloyds TSB International, Isle of Mann, in the name of Howard Lederer, and all funds traceable thereto;
All fund and other property on deposit in the account numbered 40039049628 held at Citibank N.A., in the name of Chris Ferguson, and all funds traceable thereto; and
Account numbered CH87 0875 5057 0684 0010 0 held at Pictet & Co Bankers, Switzerland, in the name of Telamonian Ajax Trust, and all funds traceable thereto.
YOU ARE FURTHER COMMANDED AND AUTHORIZED to prepare a written inventory of the property seized and promptly return this warrant and inventory before this Court as required by law."
For more on the amended complaint filed against the Full Tilt Board members on Monday, check out the full story here.
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