Poker player sought by feds for piracy
The player reportedly pirated movies and TV shows
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has gone after a professional poker player from Oregon for allegedly allowing illegal access to movies and TV shows. The individual reportedly received cash and cryptocurrency for his activity, which could have totaled in the millions. The DOJ has even gone so far as to request a complete seizure of assets, despite the individual not having been charged with any crimes. That’s correct, innocent until proven guilty no longer applies.
The 28-year-old, who wasn’t identified because he hasn’t been charged, allegedly facilitated access to sites such as Superchillin, Sit2play.com and Movietv.to. Those sites allegedly paid him for the access – sometimes more than $500,000 a month in total – and he reportedly earned $2.2 million in 2017 after having earned over $1 million a year earlier.
The government wants to seize about $4 million in “funds” that could be a combination of cash and property, about 37 Bitcoin (BTC) (currently worth about $271,000) and 1022 Ether (ETH) (worth about $198,145). Feds argue that they have the legitimate right to confiscate the funds because the poker player must be laundering money – again, no proof – and that this qualifies as a reason for the seizure.
A criminal defense attorney out of Texas, Rain Minns, is reportedly running the show for the poker player and made the trip to Oregon to argue in front of a federal judge. He asserts that the seizure is a violation of the individual’s Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights and should not be allowed. In addition to the violation of the person’s basic rights, it goes against the very standard upon which the US justice system was built but, as we’ve seen with the Wire Act and online gambling, the DOJ is apparently able to make its own rules now.