SwC founder to return to US for hearing

SwC founder to return to US for hearing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Bryan Micon is heading back from Antigua

Bryan Micon, the founder of the now closed Seals with Clubs (SwC) Bitcoin poker website, is set to return to the US after four months in exile to face charges of operating an unlicensed gaming website.

Poker pro Micon travelled to Antigua with his family in February after Nevada Gaming Commission officials raided his Las Vegas home.

However, his lawyer has indicated that he will participate in a hearing set for tomorrow (Thursday) relating to a charge filed in April that he operated an unlicensed gaming website.

In that month, Micon launched a Gofund campaign in which he sought aid with legal costs and also expressed his gratitude to supporters via Twitter.

“A deep thanks from the Micon family for the outpouring of support, both financially and emotionally,” he tweeted.

Speaking about the February raid, Micon said that police came to his apartment by breaking the front door at 8am, pointed guns at him and handcuffed him in front of his family without formally charging him. SwC was closed down that same month, initially citing security issues.

The Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper reports that Micon’s decision to return to Las Vegas came after negotiations resulted in a judge recalling an arrest warrant that had been filed by Nevada state Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

The charge stated that SwC was an unlicensed online poker room and operated “without first procuring and thereafter maintaining in effect the required licenses”.

If convicted of the charge, Micon faces up to 10 years in prison and $50,000 (€44,700) in fines.
 

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