Earlier this year, the government announced it had appointed the Garden City Group to serve as administrator in charge of releasing the forfeited funds from the PokerStars buyout of Full Tilt Poker. On Aug. 1, GCG released a statement via its website (FullTiltPokerClaims.com) regarding the calculation formula it will use to start the claims process. Here is the statement:
“GCG, working with the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the United States Department of Justice, has completed the review of data provided by Full Tilt Poker. It has been determined the calculation formula to be used for the Petition for Remission process will be based on players’ final balances with FTP as of April 15, 2011 (the “FTP Account Balances”). The claims process will begin shortly. Once the process begins, GCG will email instructions on how to complete an online claim to all potentially eligible claimants identified by GCG utilizing data supplied by FTP. Account balances from online poker sites other than FTP are not included in this remission process. Petitioners must also meet all other requirements outlined in 28 C.F.R. § 9.8 to be considered eligible for remission. If you do not receive an email notice and you believe you are eligible to participate in the remission process, you may file a claim online using the directions that will be provided on this website. If the forfeited funds available for distribution equal or exceed the aggregate FTP account balances for all eligible petitioners, each eligible petitioner with an approved claim will receive the entirety of his or her FTP account balance. If the aggregate account balances for all eligible petitioners exceed the funds available for distribution, payments shall be made to eligible petitioners on a pro rata basis.”
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