This story was published more than 11 years ago.
A former payment processor turned supposed FBI informant against online poker firms was spotted in New York City with his family by Australian newspaper Courier-Mail.
Daniel Tzvetkoff, a 29 year old former payment processor was spotted for the first time since June 2010 when he was taken by FBI agents after being arrested at a Las Vegas conference earlier in the year. He was supposedly being held in a New York jail.
His whereabouts were unknown, and reports began to leak that he was cooperating with American authorities to protect himself from legal action. His testimony helped bring about the events of Black Friday, which saw the shutdown of the US facing sides of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker.
The Courier-Mail had a reporter in New York, who spotted Tzvetkoff in New York's Chinatown, and challenged him.
"No that's not me.'' Tzvetkoff said to the reporter. He then insinuate that he had protection with him, saying: "Look, you're going to get in a lot of trouble. There are people with us who you're going to be in trouble with."
Tzvetkoff then hailed a cab, loaded his family into it and drove away.
While Tzvetkoff's testimony has helped bring charges against several payment processors in the Black Friday indictments, he has yet to appear in court as a witness. This is due to the fact that almost all of the defendants charged in the case have plead guilty.
Tzvetkoff could still end up as a witness in the case however, as many of the poker site operators have not yet faced trial.