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Former Utah banker is sentenced in online gambling case

June 28, 2012|By Willam D'Urso
  • Former Utah banker John Campos, shown here in a police photo, was sentenced to three months in prison for processing about $200 million from an online gambling site.
Former Utah banker John Campos, shown here in a police photo, was sentenced… (Police photo )

Former Utah banker John Campos has been sentenced to three months in prison for processing about $200 million in illegal online poker transactions.

Campos, the vice chairman of SunFirst Bank in St. George, Utah, had pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor charge of causing a federally insured bank to accept money in connection with illegal gambling.

Judge Lewis Kaplan called the crime "greed-driven" but said he was being "extremely lenient" with his sentencing.

“There's just no doubt at all that you engaged in criminal behavior,” Kaplan said. “That is not a laughing matter, even if it was a small bank in St. George, Utah.”

Campos had denied that his processing services were in exchange for a $10-million investment in the bank by the Full Tilt Poker online gambling site.

The site was shut down by federal authorities last year.

Campos declined to comment before his sentencing and was ordered to surrender Sept. 18.

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