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Daniel Tzvetkoff to Testify in Elie and Campos Trial

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Black Friday is the wonderment of wonderments that continually jumps up to rip a new hole in the delicate fabric of online poker. And so it is, the next hole ripping episode begins in New York on April 9th when Daniel Tzvetkoff will appear as a witness in the trial of John Campos and Chad Elie, two black Friday defendants.

Tzvetkoff was arrested in Las Vegas in 2010 and was facing up to 75 years in prison. He struck a plea bargain with prosecutors - hiding under government protection since - and his testimony has provided vital evidence that incriminates PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. Tzvetkoff is the star informant in the case.

Campos is charged with six offenses and could face up to 35 years in prison for his role as vice chairman of Utah's SunFirst Bank that processed payments for online poker sites. Elie is looking at the possibility of up to 85 years in jail for his role of payment processor. He was charged with nine counts in the DOJ indictment; those counts included conspiracy to commit bank fraud, violation of the UIGEA, and money laundering.

A report in from the Australian Associated Press states that Tzvetkoff has turned over more than 90,000 documents (including confidential emails to and from his former business partner Elie) to prosecutors.

According to AAP, the following came from Elie's lawyers:

“Although the government had previously produced emails for Daniel Tzvetkoff, one of the government’s main witnesses in this case, the material we recently received revealed that Mr. Tzvetkoff had deleted his emails from the Intabill server, which had previously been made available to the defense, & that the Tzvetkoff emails that were included in prior productions were therefore ones that Mr. Tzvetkoff had cherry-picked for the government.

“Only after we pointed this out to the government did we receive a full set of Mr. Tzvetkoff’s materials, which included more than 90,000 documents and which we were able to access for the first time only yesterday.”

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