By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Editor
Since Black Friday, most of the 11 individuals who were indicted by the United States Department of Justice have dealt with the charges against them in some capacity.
Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar was one of the people who had not dealt with his charges, as he has spent his time since Black Friday attempting to solidify a sale of Full Tilt Poker.
Yesterday, however, Bitar finally returned to the United States. The following leaked email was sent from Bitar to the Full Tilt staff in Dublin:
"To all Dublin Staff,
By now you probably have heard that I have returned to the US to deal with civil and criminal case that are pending against me in New York. We have all worked hard over the last 15 months to preserve Full Tilt’s assets and potential in order to provide for the repayment of all players, and that continues to be our top priority. It is as important as ever that we all do everything possible to make that happen and, hopefully our deal with PokerStars will very soon make our goal a reality. My return to the US is part of this process.
I am particularly grateful to all of you here in Dublin for your hard work, patience and understanding during this difficult time. I believe that your hard work and dedication should not go unrecognized, and we have made arrangements for PokerStars to guarantee all July salaries. You should therefore have no concern about coming to work during this period. After that, we expect that your employment contracts will be assumed by the buyer of the company’s assets.
For those that need to reach me, I expect to continue to be available by email and phone starting late Monday, New York time.
In the meantime, please refer any operational questions to xxxxx, and any HR questions to xxxxx.
Thank you all again.
Raymond J Bitar"
To be clear, an actual sale of Full Tilt has not yet been confirmed, and this does not mean Bitar is pleading guilty. It does, however, mean that a PokerStars deal is still possible, and that Bitar will face the charges against him in person in the near future.
As always, Rakeback.com will continue to report on this story closely.
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