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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

DOJ Says Claims Administrator for FTP Remission by January 2013

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A brief statement was released on the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York's website on November 20th, 2012, that updates the status of the Full Tilt Poker remission process for United States players.

The Victim & Witnesses section states:

"The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is evaluating applicants for the position of Claims Administrator to handle petitions for remission for U.S. victims of the alleged fraud that Full Tilt Poker committed relating to player funds. The United States Attorney’s Office expects that the Claims Administrator will be selected and begin work in January 2013."

This announcement is months after the Department of Justice broke the news that they were looking for a third-party payment processor to oversee funds remitted to U.S. players from Full Tilt Poker. An employment notice listed at the Department of Justice website said to help with the repayment of Full Tilt Poker players, the government was looking for a "claims administrator." The application process for that position ended on august 31st.

Last week the Poker Players Alliance met with the DOJ concerning U.S. player's funds. The report from that meeting by PPA Executive Director John Pappas was that the completion of a refund claims process was a "long way away" and the selection time for hiring a third-party claims administrator was not set. The news from the meeting was less than comforting but perhaps with the DOJ moving forward to select an administrator by January may mean U.S. players will finally get their funds back.

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