Fallen IT tycoon has reportedly been spotted by The Courier-Mail yesterday taking a leisurely family stroll with his wife, son and newborn daughter through New York’s Chinatown, whilst being ‘in hiding.’ He once faced 75 years’ jail for processing $1billion in illegal US gambling money.
His recent “under FBI protection” has come a long way since his last whereabouts, inside a New York jail, for allegedly processing illegal transactions for the world’s three largest gambling companies: PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, using his inside knowledge.
He disappeared in 2010; it was speculated that he was helping the FBI and the US Government’s prosecute the three kingpin owners of the websites.
When approached by The Courier-Mail, Tzvetkoff at first denied who he was.
“No that’s not me,” he said.
“No, no,” he said, refusing to answer questions.
“Look, you’re going to get in a lot of trouble. There are people with us who you’re going to be in trouble with,” Tzvetkoff said while pointing behind him.
When he couldn’t specify who his secret protectors were he said: “Look mate, you’re going to get in a lot of trouble with me right now”.
He hastily packed his family into a nearby taxi and drove off.
Despite being public enemy No.1 in the online gambling community and ratting out his former mates, Tzvetkoff strolled carefree down Chinatown’s popular Mott St.