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Isai Scheinberg of PokerStars Pleads Guilty For 12 to 18 Months In Near Empty SDNY Mag Court

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SDNY, March 25-- When Isai Scheinberg, after being indicted in 2011 and recently returning from Switzerland voluntarily though following an extradition request appeared in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 20, the mood was strangely cordial.

  SDNY Judge Lewis A. Kaplan set a trial date, of October 19 - but told the defendant's well known counsel Paul Schechtman he expected the case reach a disposition before then, and that he'd assign the plea to the Magistrates Court.   

 And on March 25, Inner City Press was there in the Mag Court, relocated due to Coronavirus to large courtroom 24B, when Scheinberg came to plead guilty. He told Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave he has a masters degree in mathematics, and that he had taken a test for the virus.

  His letter from the US Attorney's Office, dated March 3, put his guideline sentences at twelve ot eighteen months. Hours later the US Attorney's Office put out a release that "in early October 2019, SCHEINBERG was ordered to be extradited to the United States by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice, a decision he initially appealed.  SCHEINBERG subsequently withdrew his appeal and surrendered to U.S. federal agents on January 17, 2020... SCHEINBERG faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison."

  Faces - but the Office's estimate, not in the release, is 12 to 18 months. No sentencing date has yet to set. Watch this site.

   It all relates back to so-called "Black Friday" in April, 2011 whic saw indictments involving Scheinberg's PokerStars, as well as Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet, and Absolute Poker.

  Scheinberg spent years living both in Canada and on the Isle of Man. SDNY prosecutors started extradition proceedings during a visit by Scheinberg to Switzerland. He was released on one million dollars bail.The case is US v. Scheinberg, 10-cr-336 (Kaplan). 


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