Campos and Elie File Motions to Dismiss

John Campos and Chad Elie have filed motions to dismiss the civil complaints against them.
1280 3rd October, 2011 Poker Law & Legislation
Campos and Elie File Motions to Dismiss

John Campos and Chad Elie, both named in the April 15 indictments, have filed motions to dismiss the civil complaints against them. The two alleged payment processors had been given until September 30 to respond to the charges.

Campos, who is a part-owner of the SunFirst Bank in Utah, claims the UIGEA charges should be dismissed on the grounds that his status as a financial transaction provider exempts him from criminal liability. Further, Capos argues, the application of the Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA) with regards to poker is too vague to prosecute him.

Campos is charged with the following counts:

  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Conspiracy
  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act: PokerStars
  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act: Full Tilt Poker
  • Operation of an illegal gambling business: PokerStars
  • Operation of an illegal gambling business: Full Tilt Poker
  • Money laundering conspiracy

Elie makes similar arguments to Campos, highlighting that the "UIGEA is impermissibly vague as applied to online poker. Not only does the statute never mention poker, but it also fails to provide any meaningful guidance that would permit a person of reasonable intelligence to determine whether poker falls within the statute’s scope."

Elie is charged with the following counts:

  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Conspiracy
  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act: PokerStars
  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act: Full Tilt Poker
  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act: Absolute Poker
  • Operation of an illegal gambling business: PokerStars
  • Operation of an illegal gambling business: Full Tilt Poker
  • Operation of an illegal gambling Business: Absolute Poker
  • Conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud
  • Money laundering conspiracy

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