Poker player arrested (again) for scamming travelers (again)
Michael Borovetz apparently doesn’t get enough thrill at the poker tables
In April of last year, Michael Borovetz was arrested for defrauding passengers at Newark Airport. The WSOP Circuit ring winner was busted after scamming a traveler who had just arrived and, when he went to airport security over the incident, they confirmed that it wasn’t the first time they had run across the fraudster. His apparent lack of regard for the law, and individuals, caught up with him this past Saturday in Detroit.
Borovetz has admitted to perpetrating the scam on several occasions, including when he posted on 2+2 last year, “Give story to try and [sic] get money. Gamble money to try and [sic] win more money so I don’t have to go to airport anymore. 3) Lose all of the money in the pit and go back to #1 or win money, leave, come back the next day thinking I can win more money and proceed to lose it all.”
He had been able to escape the grasp of the law since then, but not anymore. Someone tipped off police that he was going to be landing in Detroit on a trip from Seattle to Miami and the cops were waiting for him when he deplaned. While not confirmed, it was possible he was on his way to participate in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event in Miami – most likely paid for by someone else.
The 44-year-old, because of his latest escapades, is looking at two misdemeanor counts of false pretenses with intent to defraud. If found guilty of both, he could be sent to jail for up to a year and the chances of receiving the full sentence are pretty good – his fraud record dates back more than 14 years.