Raymond Bitar (39), chief executive of Full Tilt Poker, and a director of Dublin-based Pocket Kings, has been accused of violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, introduced into US law in 2006.
The Act prohibits the transfer of money from US financial institutions to online gambling sites.
Pocket Kings employs some 700 staff at the Cherrywood Science and Technology Park. It established a base here in 2006 and provides functions such as IT support, fraud detection, marketing and customer services to Full Tilt Poker, which is licensed in Alderney, Channel Islands.
Some of the best-known names in poker are sponsored by Full Tilt Poker, which hosts some of the most lucrative online games.
Ten other executives from companies such as Pokerstars, which is based in the Isle of Man, and Absolute Poker, operating out of Costa Rica, as well as Nelson Burtnick of Full Tilt Poker, have also been cited in the case filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.