Cookies on the PokerWorks Website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the PokerWorks website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue using cookies

Poker News | Gambling and the Law

John Campos Granted Guilty Plea of Misdemeanor

Ongoing coverage
Share this

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.

It's time to follow PokerWorks on Twitter! And like us on Facebook to stay updated with poker news, events, and promotions.

News Flash

The IRS Scores Big at 2015 WSOP ME Final Table

The IRS managed to snag 34.13 percent from the payouts of the 2015 November Nine, totaling $8,467,091.

Read more

Quick Room Review

Bonus Room review

Subscribe to the Nightly Turbo

Be the first to know all the latest poker news, tournament results, gossip and learn all about the best online poker deals straight from your inbox.

RSS Feed