No Word On Calvin Ayre's Online Gambling Case

Published Tuesday, July 09, 2013 -
No Word On Calvin Ayre's Online Gambling Case

The old adage ‘no news is good news’ seems to be ringing true in the legal case surrounding online gambling pioneer Canadian Calvin Ayre. It was over a year ago on February 28, 2012 that the Bodog Online Gambling web site founder and self made billionaire Calvin Ayre was indicted by the US Department of Justice on all sorts of illegal gambling charges including money laundering.

There hasn’t been too much in the way of communications from Calvin who has been living the good life in the U.K. and on Antigua his island home. The re-routing of funds has always been an issue for the Department of Justice which alleges international processors, which circumvented US law prohibiting sports betting.

Mr. Ayre was seen not long after the indictment in New York City briefly presumably to hire a lawyer for his defense. The lawyer he has supposedly retained is one of top defense attorneys in the United States, Barry Slotnick is a veteran in the courts defending such tough cookies as John “Teflon Don” Gotti.

Although the actual website had been shut down one year prior, the domain was seized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency utilizing the Illegal Gambling Business Act and Maryland's criminal code to satisfy the requirement for the indictment and seizure.

The Department of Justice has made exceptionally generous stay out of jail and admit no guilt deals with many online entrepreneurs dealing with poker and gambling. It may be a safe bet to think that Calvin Ayre and his lawyer have reached some kind of financial settlement with the Dof J and Calvin has been advised to keep quiet until the dust settles.

Until we actually hear from the man himself, it will be difficult to find out just how the play hard, work hard online gambling pioneer is fairing in his legal battle. One thing is for sure until then Calvin Ayre will carry on.

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