AWAY FROM THE agreement with the DoJ and the announcement of the cessation of its US-facing operations, Blanca Games was also busy in early May, dealing with and responding to raids on its offices by Costa Rica's version of the FBI. However, the company moved quickly to clarify the situation to ward off rumours that senior Absolute Poker figures were the target of the raids.

The company stated: "Blanca can confirm that Costa Rican officials visited the office of Innovative Data Solutions (IDS), the former customer service centre of Absolute Poker and UB in Costa Rica. The Organismo de Investigaciones Judiciales (OIJ) took action yesterday to further their investigation of Olman Rimуla, the owner of IDS, Scott Tom, who was also recently named in the indictment list issued by the Department of Justice on April 15, and a third lesser known party, Oldemar Vargas. The reported OIJ 'raids' of IDS and various associated private residential addresses were in relation to their search for Rimуla, Tom and Vargas, and do not involve Blanca or the operations of Absolute Poker or UB."

The company also moved to distance the raids from the Black Friday indictments as well as declaring that it had terminated its supplier contract with IDS "after discovering that Rimola has misappropriated millions in IDS severance payments."

The company has also announced the termination of all 11 of its pro poker player contracts as part of its downsizing operation. Team UB consisted of Joe Sebok, Prahlad Friedman, Eric 'Basebaldy' Baldwin,

Maria Ho, Brandon Cantu, Tiffany Michelle, Scott Ian, 'Hollywood' Dave Stann, Adam 'Roothlus' Levy, Bryan Devonshire and Trishelle Cannatella.
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