The US federal government has confiscated Bodog.com and indicted four Canadian citizens associated with Bodog.com of illegal gambling and money laundering. The accused are Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com, David Ferguson, James Philip, and Derrick Maloney.
According to the US gambling law, US financial institutions and banks are prevented from knowingly processing gambling-related funds. In mid April, a day commonly referred to as Black Friday, the US federal government charged 11 people of illegal gambling, money laundering, bank fraud, and other offences after seizing the domain names of PokerStars, Absolute Poker, and Full Tilt Poker.
According to a US government spokesperson, the federal government has issued warrants for the arrests of the four Canadians although none of them have been arrested as yet. According to the indictment, those associated with Bodog.com ran an illegal Internet sports betting service and indulged in money laundering from June 2005 to Jan 2012.
The US attorney’s office says, “The defendants and their conspirators allegedly moved funds from Bodog’s accounts located in Switzerland, England, Malta, Canada and elsewhere to pay winnings to gamblers, and to pay media brokers and advertisers located in the United States. The conspirators directed payment processors to send at least $100 million by wire and by check to gamblers located in Maryland and elsewhere.”
Eric Hylton, the special agent of the Internal Revenue Service, said that the service can trace funds irrespective of the method used to transfer it and where it is stored—a bank offshore or a financial institution within the US.
Bodog.com has employed a large number of people in Costa Rica and Canada. If anybody visits Bodog.com at present, they will come across a message that states that the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have seized the Bodog.com domain name. The official seals of the two departments can also be viewed.
Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com, has stated on his website that Bodog.com has been non functional for a long time. Stating that the brand had vacated the US market during the last year and that Bodog.com has been globally non-functional for over a year, he said that the US authorities are abusing online gambling operators to eliminate competition for home-based gambling businesses.