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    I thought this sounded really familiar. And tada… http://www.wired.com/2013/05/game-king/

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      The Las Vegas prosecutors charged Nestor and Kane with conspiracy and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

      The CFAA is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it?

      The media portrayed Nestor as a real-life Danny Ocean, and prosecutors hit him with 698 felony counts, ranging from theft to criminal conspiracy.

      Seeing parallels to the Game King prosecution, the judge overseeing Kane and Nestor’s case ordered the government to justify the hacking charge. The prosecutors didn’t even try, opting instead to drop the charge—leaving only an ill-fitting “conspiracy to commit wire fraud” count remaining.

      Piling on charges in hopes of coercing a plea bargain…

      Prosecutors had a weak hand, and they knew it. As a December 3, 2013, trial date approached, the Feds made Kane and Nestor separate but identical offers: The first one to agree to testify against the other would walk away with five years of probation and no jail time.

      Getting co-defendants to testify against each other in exchange for their own freedom…

      The old gambling buddies had one more game to play together. It was the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Without speaking, they both arrived at the optimal strategy: They refused the offer. A few months later, the Justice Department dropped the last of the charges, and they were free.

      It’s a small comfort to see a judge actually press the prosecution rather than defer to their “expertise.” I suppose this entire situation could have ended much more badly. In this case, they both walked free at least.

      Well… not entirely free. Apparently, Nestor didn’t get to keep his more recent winnings. And there’s some indication that his old winnings were in the possession of his roommate? I didn’t fully understand how that particular aspect played out. In any case, having his recent winnings seized didn’t stop the IRS from hounding him:

      Nestor says the Meadows still has his winnings, and the IRS is chasing him for $239,861.04 in back taxes, interest, and penalties—money he doesn’t have.

      Perhaps Nestor had simply been neglecting his taxes long before this whole situation blew up in his face. Or not. Finally, there’s this gem:

      If there’s one silver lining, it’s that Nestor has been banned from Pennsylvania casinos. He still gambles occasionally in neighboring states, but his more pressing addiction right now is Candy Crush, which he plays on a cheap Android tablet. He cleared 515 levels in two months, using a trick he found on the Internet to get extra lives without paying.

      I smell another CFAA case in the making.