Chris Ferguson took a cue from Ray Bitar and has put claims on various seized bank account by the US Department of Justice in connection with Black Friday. He, like Bitar, is claiming the same statues under the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Action.
The first claim came with Ferguson acting on behalf of Pocket Kings Ltd. and Pocket Kings Consulting Ltd. In that claim, he named 11 specific accounts tied to the two companies. Details beyond the account numbers and locations of the accounts were not revealed in the document.
The next claim saw Ferguson acting on behalf of Tiltware LLC. The claim alleges that the account laid claim to contained player deposited funds that were “in the process of being returned to Full Tilt Poker players.”
Four of the accounts listed did not contain details as to the amount held within. However, 47 of the accounts did come with attached figured and those amount equaled over $98.27 Million.
The third claim saw Ferguson acting on behalf of Kolyma Corp A.V.V. and Vantage Ltd. That claim had all the same accounts listed as the claim for Tiltware LLC. and the same explanation regarding the return of player funds. The final claim was for two accounts held by Filco Ltd. and no details were revealed on those accounts aside from their location and account numbers.
As with the Bitar claims, this seems like a legal maneuver to try and seize control of the accounts back from the DOJ. At the same time, the timing of this is quite peculiar considering that Group Bernard Tapie had announced a deal with the DOJ regarding the return of player funds.
These filings would almost seem like an admission that such a deal perhaps either does not exist or maybe Full Tilt is taking steps in case something goes wrong. As always, we will keep you informed on any updates regarding the Black Friday indictments as they occur.