Raymond Bitar arrested upon arrival

Updated: July 2, 2012, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The founder of an Internet poker company whose U.S. operations were shut down after criminal charges were brought last year has surrendered in New York.

Authorities say Raymond Bitar was arrested Monday as he arrived at Kennedy Airport.

Prosecutors sought detention without bail. A magistrate judge says she's inclined to grant bail.

A prosecutor calls Bitar a flight risk since it took him 14 months to return to the United States from Ireland to face charges. He says Bitar also might flee because he could face decades in prison if he's convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and operating an illegal gambling business.

Bitar founded Full Tilt Poker. He's originally from Los Angeles.

His lawyers say he has cooperated with authorities trying to recover money for online gamblers.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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