BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) – Full Tilt Poker companies took more than $443.8 million from players’ accounts from April 2007 to April 2011, a class action claims in St. Clair County Court.
Lead plaintiff Judy Fahrner claims the defendants required Illinois residents who wanted to play to maintain player accounts with Full Tilt. Players deposited money their player accounts through a variety of methods, including credit and debit card transactions and wire transfers.
“The deposited funds were fraudulently commingled with Full Tilt’s operational funds and dispersed to individual defendants,” the complaint states. “Upon information and belief, Full Tilt’s Board of Directors distributed approximately $443,860,529.89 to themselves and other owners between April, 2007 and April, 2011.”
The U.S. Department of Justice shut down Full Tilt on April 15, 2011 and filed criminal charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. In doing so, the DOJ seized and has sought the forfeiture of Full Tilt’s assets, but has not sought the forfeiture of player’s money, according to the complaint.
Fahrner seeks class damages for all Illinois residents who lost money in Full Tilt’s illegal gambling operation. She is represented by Lloyd Cueto.
Named as defendants are Full Tilt Poker Ltd., Tiltware LLC, Vantage Ltd., Filco Ltd., Kolyma Corp., A.V.V., Pocket Kings Ltd., Pocket Kings Consulting Ltd., Ranston Ltd., Mail Media Ltd. and 16 people.