One if the 11 wanted names by the U.S. Department of Justice, Ira Rubin was arrested on Monday 25th of April in Guatemala. The charges made against him are numerous, and include conspiracy to violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act, three counts of violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act in connection with Pokerstars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker, three counts of operation of an illegal gambling business in connection with Pokerstars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker. Also on the bill are conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. In all, a total of nine charges are being brought against him in relation to his dealings.
Rubin made his first court appearance on Wednesday, in Miami. It was here that the question of his legal defence was raised, as he was unsure if his chosen lawyer had even been paid. He told Magistrate Judge Andrea M. Simonton that he had signed an agreement with chosen legal representative Stuart Meissner in New York on Friday. However, as he had been denied access to a telephone since then he could not be certain what his situation was. “I haven’t been able to make a phone call since Monday” he told the Miami judge.
It was confirmed via a telephone call to Judge Andrea Simonton that the lawyer Stuart Meissner had not in fact received payment. As such, the judge set an additional hearing date for April 2th, in order to determine whether Rubin can find new representation. An additional hearing has also been scheduled for May 2nd. For now, Rubin is being kept in the Miami Federal Detention Centre.