Calvin Ayre Bodog Founder is on the Most Wanted List
Authorities seem to be on the hunt to extradite Canadian born entrepreneur Calvin Ayre. The “Bad Boy Bodog” founder is once again making headlines as one of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Most Wanted” fugitives.
Calvin Ayre, founder of Bodog Casino and entertainment brand is one of the most wanted men in the country. Maryland has started extradition procedures to locate Ayre’s in order to return him to the USA for prosecution. Ayre has been charged with multiple counts of money laundering, breaching regulations of the Wire Act in 2012, and running illegal gambling sites more than 2 years ago which amounted to over $100 million. The movement of the funds were used to pay advertisers and US winners from accounts in Malta, Canada, Switzerland and other countries.
US Attorney Richard Kay, who suspects Ayre is in either Canada or Antigua, wrote a letter to the presiding judge saying he was determined “to try to find a resolution that will not require extradition of the defendants,” but, he added, “in the meantime, I am pursuing extradition.”
“The parties intend to continue to try to find a resolution that will not require extradition of the defendants, but, in the meantime, I am pursuing extradition.” “Because that process can take a number of years, I am respectfully suggesting that the case can be closed administratively until there is a need for further proceedings.” – Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard C. Kay
After the passage of the UIGEA in 2006 Ayre sold his sports betting business to Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, but retained his online poker sites and all rights to the brand.
Should Calvin Ayre be found and brought back to the states, if convicted he could face up to 5 years behind bars for operating an illegal sports book and close to 20 years for money laundering.