Absolute Poker, UltimateBet Offices Raided in Costa Rica
Costa Rican authorities have raided the offices of Absolute Poker and UltimateBet reportedly as an indirect result of the Black Friday indictments. Local sources are reporting that Costa Rican authorities conducted the raids because Absolute Poker and UlitmateBet laid off their employees and have not paid them and in response to the indictments by the DOJ for money laundering and bank fraud.
The Costan Rica Police (the Organismo de Investigaciones Judiciales) also have been looking for the founder of AP/UB, Scott Tom, and Olman Rimola, the owner of a business related to AP/UB, but have been unable to find them.
The local press in Costa Rican is reporting that authorities have launched their own investigations into the operations of Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet in response to the Black Friday indictments and because a legal representative for UltimateBet is also a mayoral candidate for the Costa Rican city of Escazu.
Support offices for PokerStars were also raided but have since been re-opened and all indications are that PokerStars has been given the all clear by the Costa Rican authorities. From PokerStars Steve, VIP Manager:
PokerStars continues to operate the world’s largest poker room, business as usual. It is true that the OIJ is currently at the PokerStars Costa Rican office and has sent employees home temporarily, but employees will be able to return in a few hours. PokerStars expects the office to return to business as usual in short order as this action was most likely taken as a response to problems experienced by other local companies in the same industry.