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A US Federal Judge sentenced the 32 year old former Absolute Poker finance executive to 14 months in jail after the man plead guilty to his Black Friday related crimes.
Brent Beckley, who was indicted along with several others as part of the US government's Black Friday indictments on counts of internet conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. Although Beckley plead guilty a while back as part of a deal with prosecutors, sentencing was delayed by Judge Kaplan who was concerned about the relatively mild punishment that the government had suggested for the financier.
As part of the plea deal, Beckley will forfeit $300,000 as well as face a fine of up to $30,000.
Judge Kaplan explained to Beckley why he was giving him a jail sentence for his crimes, saying: “the sentence has to make clear that the government of the United States means business in these types of cases."
Beckley then told the judge that "(I had) fooled myself into thinking that what I was doing was OK.”