Case Closed: All Charges Dismissed Against Calvin Ayre, Bodog

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All charges have been dropped by US federal prosectors against Calvin Ayre and the Bodog gaming business.

Back in February of 2012, the US Attorney representing the District of Maryland indicted the Bodog brand, Calvin Ayre, and three others.

Prosecutors charged the group with illegal gambling and money laundering conspiracy. The domain name was also seized at the time by Homeland Security.

It was the contention of the state that the individuals and Bodog were responsible for more than $100 million in gaming proceeds.

All together the group faced 25 years behind bars and a $1 million fine. During the five year period no parties appeared in court as the case became dormant.

The judge presiding over the case, Chief Judge Catherline Blake representing the US District Court, accepted a resolution that dismissed all felony charged faced by Calvin Ayre and Bodog.

The other individuals charged also had their cases dismissed. Most sensationally, Bodog regained possession of their .com domain for a payment of $100,000. The domain is expected to re-enter the market in the future, though according to a report by it was purchased by friends of Mr. Ayre.

As part of the settlement, the government will hold onto the $67 million seized from bank accounts at the time of the indictment.

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