Daniel Tzvetkoff, who cut a deal with the US DOJ after being charged with money laundering, bank fraud and wire fraud, is expected to be sentenced soon.
A probation report recommended a sentence of between six and 12 months, but his lawyer Robert Goldstein has argued that the four months he has already served is sufficient punishment.
“For a first-time offender who has never before experienced prison, four-plus months inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn constitutes a harsh and significant punishment,’’ said Goldstein.
The report in the Australian Courier Mail says that Tzvetkoff’s parents and mother-in-law have also pleaded for a light sentence.
Tzvetkoff’s story was turned into a book, Alligator Blood, by author James Leighton, who has recently done a deal to turn the story into a film to be directed by Robert Luketic.
Tzvetkoff’s company Intabill processed over $1bn of transactions for US online gaming sites, in the process making him a multi-millionaire.
He is now living in Australia, having lost his wealth and company. He faced a 75-year sentence before agreeing to cooperate with the DOJ.