BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The major online gambling site Bodog.com has been seized by the federal government. The undercover investigation was conducted right here in Maryland.

Meghan McCorkell has more on the billionaire founder who could now be heading to court.

Calvin Ayre has been called one of the richest men in the world but it’s how he made his money that might land him behind bars.

Basketball, football, hockey and more. Officials say gamblers here in Maryland bet on it all on Bodog.com. Now the site’s been seized by the federal government.

“You cannot operate offshore and transmit your operation here to Maryland through the Internet,” said Rod Rosenstein, Maryland U.S. Attorney.

That’s why prosecutors are going after four Bodog executives, including billionaire founder and international playboy Calvin Ayre. MTV Cribs toured Ayre’s Costa Rica compound and he was named one of People Magazine’s hottest bachelors.

Now, according to an indictment obtained by WJZ, Ayre is accused of running an illegal gambling empire.

The indictment reveals undercover officers in Maryland opened accounts on Bodog.com from June 2009 to January 2012. They bet on sports and received winnings by check and in cash.

“They traced their funds and found tens of millions of dollars in gambling proceeds were being transmitted through bank accounts here in the United States to this offshore operation,” Rosenstein said.

On his website, Ayre released a statement about the indictment saying, “It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents it is also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.”

Prosecutors say their focus is winning the war on illegal gambling.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Ayre and the other three executives. No one is in custody yet. If convicted, the four men face 25 years behind bars. The company faces up to half a million dollars in fines.

Comments (11)
  1. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    IS THIS WHAT THE FEDS NUMBER ONE PRIORTY IS,,,, IT SHOULD BE DRUGS, ILLEGALLS, MURDERS, inside wall st trading, ETC.ETC

  2. Bill says:

    We have spent millions to collect a half of million? And the politicians cannot figure why we are in such financial trouble? They are a prime example of why No Child Left behind failed. Everybody wins in socialism except true winners(working people / taxpayers).

    As Larry puts it You Can’t Fix Stupid ! We Vote Stupid in Maryland! God Bless!

    1. Orenthal says:

      Who said anything about spending “million”? Oh, that’s right, you did. Have fun making up facts.

  3. JJJJ says:

    Martin must not be getting a cut of the action.

  4. The Grump says:

    “You cannot operate offshore and transmit your operation here to Maryland through the Internet,” said Rod Rosenstein, Maryland U.S. Attorney.

    Not without Gov “Tax” O’Malley getting his cut of the revenue. Gambling is fine, as long as it is O’Malley’s way – the lottery, or these mutant “casinos” like the one in Perryville, and soon at Arundal Mills. No table games, no free alcoholic drinks – just the way Gov O’Malley likes it. So my gambling money goes to New Jersey, where I can still find a real casino. Gov O’Stupid will not see one penny of it.

  5. GM says:

    I agree with The Grump and the others. Its a shame that greed rules this country and I I am old enough to remember when it was a lot better and more honest with morals.

  6. james says:

    This is so funny , can’t find out who tanked the banks put it didn’t take long to flush him out

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