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    Charges Dropped Against Bodog & Calvin Ayre

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    According to the Department of Justice, Bodog and the charged individuals were responsible for more than $100m in gambling proceeds being transmitted to customers in the United States.
    The original charges exposed the individuals to 25 years in prison and $1m in fines.

    Neither the company nor the individuals ever appeared in court on the case, which remained dormant for more than five years.
    On July 14th, Chief Judge Catherine Blake of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland accepted a resolution that
    dismissed all of the felony charges against Calvin Ayre and Bodog. All of the charges against the other individuals were dismissed separately a short time ago.

    In addition, the Bodog domain name, which had been forfeited to the United States in a related proceeding, has been returned in exchange for a $100,000 payment.
    CalvinAyre understands that the domain was purchased by friends of Ayre, and that the feds have placed no restrictions on its use,
    which virtually guarantees that the well-known domain will re-enter the gambling market in some form at some future date.

    The settlement allows the US government to keep the $67m it seized from bank accounts belonging to third-party payment processors.
    Neither Mr. Ayre nor Bodog had ever made any claim to these funds and the seized accounts primarily contained funds belonging to US gamblers.
    Unlike many other operators, Bodog had immediately made whole any of its customers who were impacted by the US government’s confiscation of online gambling funds.

    Ayre was born in Canada and also holds citizenship in Antigua, where he resides and is a major local employer. Ayre also operates a respected charitable foundation based in Antigua that focuses on child welfare, education and social development.

    Bodog was operating under an Antiguan license at the time of the indictments. America’s refusal to grant Antigua-licensed online gambling operators access to the US market was the subject of a World Trade Organization ruling that found the US to be in violation of its international trade obligations.

    Bodog still has a gaming license in Antigua that the WTO considers as conferring the legal right to offer services to the US market. There is no indication that Bodog will want to avail itself of this right and re-enter the US market.

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    Re: Charges Dropped Against Bodog & Calvin Ayre

    Wow interesting!

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    Re: Charges Dropped Against Bodog & Calvin Ayre

    wow, the government got to keep the 67million!!! that's crazy
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    Re: Charges Dropped Against Bodog & Calvin Ayre

    The real winners here, the ones who have hit a royal flush on the river?

    The Government!!

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    I know right.. Gov just LOVES that money!

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