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US Homeland Security Seizes Bodog Domain


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The latest online gambling domain to feel the wrath of US authorities is
Bodog.com, which despite not being use to facilitate online gambling for nearly
a year, was seized by the US Department of Homeland Security on Monday (Feb.27).

Along with seizure of Bodog.com by US authorities – which now boasts the
all too familiar US Department of Justice (DoJ) and Homeland Security badges –
Bodog founder Calvin Ayre has been indicted by Federal authorities in the US
state of Maryland, along with other key Bodog personnel and fellow Canadians
Derrick Maloney, David Ferguson and James Philip.

Bodog.com was Seized by US Authorities on Monday

On Tuesday, a statement was issued by BodogBrand confirming its Bodog.com domain
has been seized by US authorities, and that the domain had not been used for
online gambling purposes since May last year, when brand licensee, the Morris
Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG), switched over to Bodog.eu.

The BodogBrand statement also assured players registered at Bodog UK, Bodog
Europe and Bodog Asia that these sites remained unaffected because they
processed bets from US players, and that the firm is ‘is currently consulting
with its legal advisers with a view to having the domain returned.’

With regards to the Bodog indictments, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a
statement this week that sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and that federal
laws are in place to prevent bookmakers from operating in the US regardless of
whether they’re based outside the country.

‘Many of the harms that underlie gambling prohibitions are exacerbated when the
enterprises operate over the internet without regulation,’ said Rosenstein in
the statement.

Ayre, a 50-year-old billionaire, and his colleagues have been accused of
‘conducting an illegal sports gambling business and conspiring to commit money
laundering.’

Bodog Executives Accused of Illegally Moving Funds

According to the indictment, the four Bodog executives violated Maryland law
between 2005 and 2012 in terms of illegally moving funds to pay winnings to US
players, as well as hiring advertisers and media resellers to promote online
gambling in America. Bodog allegedly transferred funds from accounts in Canada,
Malta, England and Switzerland to accounts in the US to pay said advertisers and
resellers.

Ayre responded to the Bodog.com seizure and indictments on
CalvinAyre.com saying that he sees these actions by the US 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 and in
the case of these documents is it also clear that the rule of law was not
allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion,’ he said.

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