FTP's Rafe Furst Settles with DOJ Over Black Friday Case

Rafe Furst
Rafe Furst

Former Full Tilt Poker board member Rafe Furst has settled the civil complaint against him and will forfeit the trust account named in the complaint and pay a $150,000 fine.

As part of the settlement Furst contends he was unaware of any wrongful activity of Full Tilt Poker, specifically that the company did not have player balances, and admitted no wrongdoing in the matter. 

As a further penalty Furst can no longer receive money from any online gambling businesses in the United States until, and if, such activities are legal and regulated in the country.

Furst was one of the surprise inclusions in the civil complaint filed against Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Ray Bitar last year. Furst immediately responded to the allegations in an open letter.

The original complaint was seeking $11.7 million from Furst on grounds of fraud and money laundering.

They money taken from Furst is going to be added to the funds available for remission to U.S. players, although there is already enough money to cover player balances from the PokerStars settlement earlier this year.

Before Black Friday, Furst was a sponsored pro on Full Tilt Poker who won a WSOP bracelet in 2006.

Lederer, Bitar and Ferguson Cases Still Ongoing

Howard Lederer, Ray Bitar and Chris Ferguson have yet to settle their cases and the government is seeking considerably more from them with $42.5 million from Lederer, $40 million from Ferguson and $40 million from Bitar.

Lederer asked the court to dismiss all charges earlier this month using the "skill game" argument from the DeCristina ruling. Ferguson later joined Lederer's motion to dismiss all charges.

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About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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