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Chad Elie, who is in the middle of a five-month jail sentence stemming from online poker’s Black Friday, has filed a civil suit against lawyer Jeff Ifrah.
The suit claims that Ifrah, who was allegedly paid some $4 million by Elie for various legal services, gave “misleading advice to further his own pecuniary interests.”
Elie is being represented in the suit by the Chattah Law Group.
Some excerpts from the complaint:
15. Once indicted as part of the Black Friday Indictments, throughout the course of discovery with the US Attorney’s Office, Elie discovered the gruesome truth, that his own lawyer, Defendant, misrepresented him; That Ifrah hid critical documentation that had said
documentation been disclosed to Mr. Elie, Mr. Elie would have never continued to process poker.
16. It was clear that Ifrah, used his position and esteem in the internet gaming industry to further his own economic endeavors insofar as to give Mr. Elie wrong advice regarding poker processing so that he could make a windfall from Elie, Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars; then hid his involvement in same in violation of 18 USC § 1001 when he provided information about his Clients to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
45. Defendant received in excess of $1,000,000.00 (One Million USD) in commission payments from Elie’s company as Defendant’s “cut” from the processing poker payments with the Banks.
46. It is clear that Defendants activities in both representing Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars and Elie (and 21 Debit) were clear conflicts of interests whereby Defendant was continuously benefiting from his representation of both Companies.
47. Defendant specifically mislead Elie regarding the legalities of processing poker so that he can continue to receive monies (commission payments) from Elie.
49. The most egregious act Defendant engaged in however, was providing testimony and information against Mr. Elie and others to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Investigation leading to the Black Friday Indictments, including but not limited to his own Clients’ indictments.