U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan accepted John Campos' guilty plea by signing an order reducing the charges against him to a single misdemeanor according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Campos was the former vice chairman of SunFirst Bank in Utah and he was indicted on April 15th, 2011; the charges against him included: violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), conspiracy to violate the UIGEA, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and operating illegal gambling businesses in violation of the Internet Gambling Business Act of 1970.
On March 28th, 2012, Campos pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in his plea bargain with federal prosecutors that would release him from the five felony charges that were related to SunFirst Bank's processing of poker payments.
Judge Kaplan refused to accept Campos' guilty plea until prosecutors explained in writing why Campos' guilty plea was only for a misdemeanor bank gambling charge and not for a felony.
The prosecutors submitted a letter to the judge that stated, along with other things, that the defendant's role in the scheme had been relatively minor.
"As a result,’’ the prosecutors told Judge Kaplan, "there is an enhanced risk that jurors could conceivably hesitate to convict Campos despite other evidence tending to negate Campos’ alleged good faith."
Campos is now barred from the banking industry for life as part of the agreement and is expected to be sentenced on June 27th. The possibility is still out that a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge could find Campos facing six months in prison.