Bodog Online Gambling Mogal Calvin Ayre Charged in the USA

Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -

Calvin Ayre has been transparent and out front. He has never hidden his love of the game and the latest news about his fate comes as no real surprise. Bodog is a serious brand with a transparent past and hopefully a future. The U.S. government crackdown against multinational Internet-gambling sites, which has long existed in a legal grey area given their servers are inevitably located in offshore jurisdictions. The World Trade Organization ruled on this years ago stating America can not dictate its policy to offshore online gambling interests.

Detective R. Scott Gunn of the U.S. Homeland Security has sworn an affidavit alleging that much of Bodog’s illegal gambling activity was actually made in Canada. “Bodog has hundreds of employees, located in Canada and Costa Rica, who handle the day-to-day operations,”
The US government has been going after the Canadian for a long time with some big time firms getting off with huge fines payable to the treasury of the USA. It appears that the increased need for money by various US governments has come to going after the Canadian version of the American success story. In response to the new allegations, Calvin Ayre posted his reaction on his personal website: “I see this as abuse of the U.S. criminal justice system,”   “....It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law.”

Other Canadians named in the indictment are James Philip, David Ferguson, and Derrick Maloney who were also involved with the Bodog firm. Ayre, who graced the Forbes magazine list of billionaires in 2006, his company Bodog Entertainment Group faces charges of with running online sports betting in the United States from 2005 until January 2012.
 U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein said, "Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country,"



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