Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 3:47 p.m.
A former Internet poker company employee who returned to the United States from Costa Rica to face charges has been sentenced to a year and two months in prison.
Brent Beckley was sentenced Monday in federal court in Manhattan. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan said prison time was necessary to send a message to others that casual attitudes about breaking laws to help businesses has consequences.
Beckley told the judge that he was "truly sorry" for thinking he could continue working in the online poker business after the United States changed its gambling laws.
Beckley was permitted to wait to report to prison until Oct. 1. He also must forfeit $300,000 and pay a $3,000 fine.
The prosecution has forced three large online poker companies to shut down U.S. operations.