Poker champion arrested in NC prostitution sting

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48-year-old Gregory Paul Raymer

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A former World Series of Poker champion is among six people facing charges after Wake Forest police conducted an undercover prostitution sting.

The Associated Press reported that 48-year-old Gregory Paul Raymer was arrested at a local hotel.

Raymer is a professional poker player known by the nickname “Fossilman.”

Raymer apologized through his attorney for what he termed “a lapse in judgment.”

Raymer won the World Series of Poker in 2004 and cleared about $1.7 million after taxes before quitting his job and moving to an upscale Raleigh neighborhood.

Another man caught in Wednesday’s sting was Durham attorney Christopher Burrell Shella.

He gained attention last year when he withdrew from a murder case involving the accuser in the 2006 Duke lacrosse scandal.

Read more: The Associated Press.

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