Costa Rican Police Searching for Scott Tom and Other Black Friday Fugitives

by Lou on May 9, 2011

A May 8 story in the Tico Times, an English-language newspaper published in Costa Rica, reports that the nation’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) conducted a May 6 raid on offices and residential locations in hopes of capturing three suspects connected to Absolute Poker, UB, and PokerStars. The OIJ was looking for Absolute Poker executive Scott Tom (pictured), Olman Rimola, the owner of Innovative Data Solutions (IDS) where Absolute Poker was housed, and a third man, yet unnamed.

When the US government shut down online poker sites PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker on April 15, four of the11 people indicted were thought to be living in Costa Rica.  Those four were Scott Tom, Brent Beckley, Bradley Franzen and Ira Rubin.

Franzen turned himself in on April 18, and pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan federal court. Rubin was arrested one week later in Guatemala.

Tom was not at his home in Escazú, a suburb of San Jose Costa Rica that’s favored by many American expatriates.   Beckley, who is Tom’s half-brother, was also not found, and all three subjects of the raids remain at large.

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