View Full Version : Article from CNN: Man skips sentencing to play poker in Las Vegas

05-16-2004, 12:09 PM
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey (AP) -- A man scheduled to be sentenced for masterminding an illegal million-dollar investment scheme went to Las Vegas instead to play poker.

Superior Court Judge James N. Citta issued a bench warrant Friday for the arrest Brian Strahl, 29, of Staten Island, New York. Citta called Strahl "a degenerate gambler."

Strahl was scheduled to be sentenced Friday, but faxed Citta from Las Vegas to say he was playing in the World Series of Poker to win money to make restitution to his victims. The letter said he had made $5,000 so far.

Strahl's lawyer, Michael Chazen, told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune that his client attempted to return from Las Vegas on Friday, but misplaced his ID and was not allowed on his flight.

In the letter Strahl faxed to Citta, he said he planned to take a train that would arrive on the East Coast on Monday.

Strahl's sentencing was rescheduled for July 16. He could receive up to 20 years in prison.

Strahl pleaded guilty last year to money laundering and admitted he and a co-defendant solicited investments in a nonexistent company. Investors were bilked out of $1.8 million.

Kurn, son of Mogh
05-16-2004, 12:44 PM
but misplaced his ID and was not allowed on his flight.

If you lose all your identification, you can still get on an airplane post 9/11. Trust me, I've done it.

All you need to do is file a police report regarding the lost IDs. That report serves as your ID to board the flight.

05-16-2004, 01:35 PM
It's at least possible that he didn't know this, and neither did anyone else he came in contact with.

Kurn, son of Mogh
05-16-2004, 02:25 PM
You're right of course. But it also means he didn't try very hard. All I had to do was ask someone at the Delta ticket counter.

05-16-2004, 02:48 PM
LOL. Now I KNOW I was robbed at the table. This guy was in my game!!. /images/graemlins/grin.gif /images/graemlins/laugh.gif /images/graemlins/grin.gif

Great story. Thanks for posting it.

Mike Gallo
05-16-2004, 10:55 PM
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey

Thats the town I live in /images/graemlins/tongue.gif

nicky g
05-17-2004, 04:53 AM
I've been there. Had a good time too. Funnily (or not) enough I was staying with a local judge, although not the one in the article.

Kurn, son of Mogh
05-17-2004, 12:50 PM
My family had a summer place in Lavalette when I was growing up, and a cousin of mine has one there now.