Full Tilt chief executive Raymond Bitar surrendered to US authorities in New York Monday and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman to plead not guilty to illegal gambling and fraud charges.


Bitar returned voluntarily to the United States to face the April 15th 2011 charges against him and was arrested upon arrival at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

In addition to the previous charges against him, Bitar was also charged in a superseding indictment with defrauding poker customers by lying to them about the security of their funds.  Also named in the superseding indictment unsealed yesterday is co-defendant Nelson Burtnick, the head of Full Tilt Poker’s payment processing department.

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