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Everleaf Gaming has issued a statement that addresses the reasons that it pulled out of the U.S. market earlier this month.
In the statement Everleaf confirms that legal action by the U.S. Department of Justice forced the poker network to abandon the American market. The statement claims that the problem revolves around one of Everleaf's payment processors and that unspecified funds have been seized.
The statement reads:
"As has been reported, certain funds maintained by one of our payment processors to be distributed to U.S. customers were seized by U.S. authorities. To our knowledge, the U.S. authorities seized these funds and blocked the transactions based on purported violations of certain U.S. laws, including operating an illegal money transmitting business, the Wire Act, and money laundering. Evidence relative to the subject can be reviewed from the attached papers.
Please be advised that this seizure occurred in the United States and only affects U.S. players.
In view of the above Everleaf will no longer accept U.S. players. None the less Everleaf reiterates and wants to reassure all the effected players that all the funds will be refunded in full and the effected parties will be contacted in a short while accordingly.
For the other markets we operate in and with regards to all our other players we want to reassure you that nothing has changed and thank you for the continued business with our Company.
We sincerely apologize for the lack of communication to date, but as a Company we were still trying to find our feet and assessing the situation at hand and how to best protect the interest of all the effected parties.