Bitcoin online poker operator, Bryan Micon, who fled the country after a Las Vegas Police raid on his home in February, is expected back in Las Vegas next week to face illegal gambling charges against him.
A warrant of arrest on one count of operating an unlicensed gambling site was issued by a Nevada court back in April, but a judge reversed the decision earlier this week, allowing Micon to travel and attend the hearing set for Thursday. Defense lawyer Mike Brown confirmed that Micon will attend the hearing Thursday.
According to court papers, Micon operated SealswithClubs – an online gambling site which accepts Bitcoin – between 1st March 2014 and 9th May 2015 “without the required licenses”. Prosecutor Samuel Kern declined to comment on the same.
An otherwise obvious figure on social media platforms, Micon has been silent for the past one month with his last tweet on Wednesday reading: “For reasons undisclosed to me, GoFundMe is no longer funding me.”
After the warrant of arrest was announced, Micon launched an online fundraising campaign on social media, scoring an enthusing $4,000 of his $100,000 target in little over one month. “As a husband and father, my desire is to always be with my family and continue building layers on top of the Bitcoin protocol” he wrote on the crowd funding site. “Nevada desires to get me out of the situation. Please help me on this.”
If found guilty, Micon is expected to serve up to ten years in jail, or pay a fine of $50,000, or both. This is going to be the first prosecution of a Bitcoin-fueled poker site according to Adam Paul Laxalt, Nevada
The gambling site, which collapsed in April leaving scores of players unpaid, raised an estimated $10,000 – $12,000 worth of profits each month. Seals with Clubs was closed in February after the raid, but Micon opened another site, SwCPoker.eu, shortly after.