World Poker Champ Arrested In Prostitution Sting

1:00 PM, Mar 16, 2013   |    comments
Top (left to right): Gregory Paul Raymer, Christopher Burrell Shella, Kevin Scott Konarzewski Bottom (left to right): Barrett Lee Bennett, Robert Hancock,Gerald Barham
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Wake Forest, NC -- A former World Series of Poker champion is among six people facing charges after an undercover prostitution sting in eastern North Carolina.

Gregory Paul Raymer, a professional poker player who goes by "Fossilman," was arrested during the sting at a Wake Forest hotel.

Police say Raymer and the other five men responded to an advertisement on a website often used by prostitutes. Police worked with a Wake Forest hotel to carry out the sting.

Raymer apologized for his actions through his lawyer, calling the situation a "lapse in judgment."

Raymer won the World Series of Poker in 2004, taking home about $1.7 million after taxes.

Also arrested in the sting was Durham attorney Christopher Burrell Shella, the man who withdrew from a murder case involving the accuser in the 2006 Duke lacrosse scandal.

The list also includes Kevin Scott Konarzewski, president of Complete Inventory Services, Barrett Lee Bennett, Robert Hancock, vice president of sales and marketing at MobileSmith, and Gerald Barham.

Each man was charged with prostitution and attempted crimes against nature and received a $1,000 secured bond.

Their first court appearances will be April 18.


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