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Darren Woods 2011 WSOP Bracelet Winner Pleads Guilty to Collusion and Fraud

Darren Woods 2011 WSOP Bracelet Winner
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The Humberside Police have released a report that sends another jab at the integrity and honesty of fair poker play. Apparently 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Darren Woods — also a former 888poker Pro — has pled guilty to charges on nine counts of fraud. Woods admitted that he had registered and play online poker under different identities.

According to the police report: "Darren Woods, aka 'Dooshcom', declared bankrupt in 2006, opened accounts with a number of gambling companies using the details of friends and family, which included his mother and his father, Morteza Gharoon, who became his co-defendant. Counts one to eight on the indictment reflected the opening of the gambling accounts in those third-party names."

Gharoon has also been accused by the authorities of joining in a number of the frauds that Woods organized. Gharoon pled guilty to money laundering.

A sentence is expected to be handed down on Wednesday, December 17th, but in the meantime, both Gharoon and Woods are out on bail.

The case also includes more information supplied by the local police for collusion and fraud involving online payment company Moneybookers, which is now Skrill.

"Woods is known to have used the electronic payment service 'Moneybookers Ltd,' now known as 'Skrill,'” the report read. "He opened accounts in same third-party names which then allowed him to send monies to and from the gambling accounts. These accounts were affiliated back to himself."

Woods took full advantage of his scheme as "the huge amount of monies moved through the accounts enabled each account to benefit from bonuses from 'Moneybookers' but also meant that Woods obtained commission fees also."

PokerNews reported earlier this month that the charges against the duo are related to a thread on the Two Plus Two poker forum accused the player of collusion at 888poker and within the iPoker network from 2007 to 2011.

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