February 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm #25067Poker GuruParticipant
[float-left][/float-left]Bodog founder Calvin Ayre has been indicted by Federal prosecutors in Baltimore shortly after the domain Bodog.com was seized by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Calvin faces charges of operating an illegal gambling business and conspiring to commit money laundering. Three other men indicted by the US Attorney Rod Rosenstein include James Philip, David Ferguson, and Derrick Maloney. The company-Bodog Entertainment Group is also under indictment.
According to the source, news about the seizure came via a leaked notice sent from the DHS to VeriSign, the web registrar of Bodog.com. Calvin Ayre, founder of the Bodog Brand, made the following comment on the domain seizure – “BodogBrand.com is a brand-licensing organisation based outside the US. The brand left the market last year and the domain in question has been dormant globally for longer than that. We are only currently doing brand licensing deals outside the US so this domain had no place in any of our current plans.”
Seizure notice visible on Bodog.com
Bodog claims that this domain seizure will have no affect on any of its players because Bodog.com has been inactive for a few months. They further add that Bodog.eu is still operational, as is the Bodog site, Bovada.lv, which was created for US customers.
It is currently unclear whether other Bodog Brand domains will be targeted by the United States Department of Homeland Security but speculation is rife that poker rooms on other networks like the Merge Gaming Network and the Cake Poker Network may now follow suit.
For the latest updates on this story, keep watching this space.
February 29, 2012 at 5:46 am #25068Poker GuruParticipant
Calvin Ayre has made a statement is response to his indictment on his website calvinayre.com and also posted the indictment papers from the DHS.The papers reveal that Bodog Entertainment is accused of paying over $100 million in sports gambling winnings by bank wire and cheques through payment processors in the US, and spending $42 million through an unnamed media company to advertise to US customers.The indictment tells of the feds using undercover agents to set up Bodog.com accounts via an undercover computer in the State of Maryland. The undercover agents would deposit through an ewallet, gamble on sports and then cash out their winnings via check or western union withdrawal. Along with the undercover agents, the Federal investigators are relying on a former employee who was acting as a confidential informant during July 2010 who named the top directors and explained how the group allegedly operated.
In his statement Calvin replied: “I see this as abuse of the US criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large US corporations. It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents is it also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.”
“These documents were filed with Forbes magazine before they were filed anywhere else and were drafted with the consumption of the media as a primary objective. We will all look at this and discuss the future with our advisors, but it will not stop my many business interests globally that are unrelated to anything in the US and it will not stop my many charity projects through my foundation.”
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