NEW YORK – A New York judge is taking a stern approach in sentencing members of a Russian organized crime operation that offered high-stakes poker games to the rich and famous. The customers included pro athletes, Hollywood celebrities and Wall Street executives.
Judge Jesse Furman on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Adam Trincher to prison immediately to begin a five-year sentence. Trincher sobbed as he apologized. The sentence was more than double the guidelines range originally calculated in the case. Furman said a five-year sentence was warranted for Trincher and another defendant sentenced a day earlier because of the size of the gambling operation and a money laundering scheme that accompanied it.
Hillel "Helly" Nahmad, a wealthy Manhattan art scion, also will be sentenced. He is one of 28 people who pleaded guilty.