Anurag Dikshit (//; born 1973, in Dhanbad Jharkhand), is an Indian businessman who, in connection with the online poker company PartyGaming, entered a guilty plea to one count of online gambling in violation of the Federal Wire Act and received a $300 million fine. He sold off the remainder of his stake in PartyGaming in January 2010, after selling 23% of his stake in the company's Initial Public Offering, and a further two thirds of the remainder, in October 2009.
Born in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Dikshit graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1994. He completed schooling at De Nobili School, FRI. Following graduation, Dikshit worked as a software developer in the United States at CMC, as a systems analyst for Websci and later as a consultant for AT&T.
In May 2006 Dikshit stepped down from PartyGaming's board of directors and took a position as head of the company's research and special projects, and left PartyGaming completely in November 2006. As of December 2008 he still owned approximately 28% of the company's shares.
In December 2008, Dikshit entered a guilty plea to one count of online gambling in violation of the Federal Wire Act and agreed to forfeit $300 million. "I came to believe there was a high probability it was in violation of U.S. laws", Dikshit told U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York, referring to PartyGaming’s activity. Dikshit no longer personally owns any shares in PartyGaming, having sold his shares in January 2010.
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