Bodog.com seized and Calvin Ayre Indicted on US Gambling Charges

 

On Monday, the US Department of Homeland Security had seized the Bodog.com domain name.  The U.S. Attorneys Office has indicted the founder of Bodog Calvin Ayre, as well as 3 other company executives, James Philip, Derrick Maloney and David Ferguson.  The four men are Canadian and are accused of running an illegal sports gambling business and of money laundering between 2005 and 2012.

The seizure of Bodog.com domain does not affect the business at all because in December 2011 the Bodog brand exited the U.S. market.  The Bodog software is still active and business will run as normal top players outside the US.

According to Bodog brand founder Calvin Ayre about the seizure, “Not sure what to say. BodogBrand.com is a brand-licensing organization 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.”

In the indictments, it is alleged the Bodog.com, worked with payment processors, including JBL Services, which processed $43 million for Bodog, and Zip Payments, which handled $57 million in transactions.

If the four defendants are found guilty, they could face up to 25 years in prison.  Responding to the allegations, Calvin Ayre commented, “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…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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