Bodog founder Calvin Ayre has called his indictment by US federal prosecutors on gambling related charges today an “abuse of the US criminal justice system.”
Ayre, along with three other men associated with the Bodog Entertainment Group, was accused of money laundering conspiracy and of conducting illegal gambling business in an indictment unsealed today by federal prosecutors in Baltimore. The indictment alleges the men and their and co-conspirators arranged the use of payment processors to pay US sports bettors over US$100m by bank wire and cheques and the wire transfer of more than US$42m from non-US accounts into the US to pay for advertising Bodog.com to US gamblers.
Ayre released the following statement to his eponymous website this evening: “I see this 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.
“These documents were filed with Forbes magazine before they were filed anywhere else and were drafted with the consumption of the media as a primary objective.
“We will all look at this and discuss the future with our advisors, but it will not stop my many business interests globally that are unrelated to anything in the US and it will not stop my many charity projects through my foundation.”