Federal prosecutors in Baltimore announced today that Calvin Ayre and three others connected to Bodog are to be indicted for conducting “an illegal sports betting business” and “conspiracy to commit money laundering”.
PokerUpdate reported earlier today that Bodog’s dotcom domain had been seized even though it has not been in use for some time. That move has now been revealed as part of a wider push against the operator, fuelling speculation that other stateside poker sites will be targeted in the same fashion.
Reacting to the domain seizure and perhaps anticipating further bad news, Bodog took steps to protect its international business by stating “Bodog UK, Bodog Europe and Bodog Asia have never taken bets from the US”.
Later, Ayre himself released a statement promising that the action would not stop his “many business” that are “unrelated to the US”.
If found guilty of the offenses, the money laundering charge means that those indicted face potentially lengthy prison sentences and the company a significant fine.
EGamingReview reports that the proceedings are likely the result of a whistle-blower ex-employee of Bodog providing information on the company’s day-to-day business. Ayre confirmed that a former employee was acting as a “confidential informant” during July 2010.
Ever the self-publicist, Ayre ended his statement encouraging readers to follow the story on his eponymous website.