Report: Bodog Asia Offices Raided by Police

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There have been a few conflicting reports about police raiding the offices of Bodog Asia in the Philippines on Thursday. CalvinAyre.com, the website fronted by Bodog founder Calvin Ayre (pictured), published an article by Dan Taylor on Thursday that read, “Local police raided the Bodog Asia offices in Makati. Currently, they have several employees sequestered in a boardroom asking for names and addresses. It’s unclear who or what they are looking for, as Bodog doesn’t provide any gaming offering to the Philippines.”

Taylor added what could be the motive behind the raid: “Initial reports suggest that this is a politically motivated attack orchestrated by the group of former employees led by Swedish National Robert Gustafsson that is currently under indictment for fraud and theft… Three more charges were laid today against Gustafsson, Sherwin Quiambao, Arleen Aldaba, and Patrik Selin. The current charges stem from more findings in the ongoing forensic audit looking into the past dealings of Gustafsson et al. during their time with the Asian online gaming company.”

In a news article that briefly appeared on PocketFives, the background to the raid appeared to be different. The article, whose source is not known at this time, said the Philippines’ police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group investigated Ayre after the Bodog founder was indicted in the United States in February 2012. Bodog’s dot-com website still features the logo of the United States Department of Justice and the site has since migrated to Bodog.eu.

An informant reportedly told Philippine officials that Ayre “has been organizing numerous ‘dummy’ corporations in the Philippines as part of his ongoing efforts to fully relocate the base of his worldwide illegal gambling and money laundering operations in the Philippines.” The article added that Ayre is wanted for operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering in the United States and linked to his Immigrations and Customs Enforcement rap sheet (pictured).

The result of the investigation was reportedly “substantial evidence with probative value as well as crucial first-hand testimonies detailing the highly sophisticated and intricate processes of the illegal gambling operations of Calvin Ayre’s companies based and operating in the Philippines.”

Bodog’s Manila office told PocketFives, “As you may have heard, Bodog Asia has been falsely accused of running a numbers game to residents of the Philippines (part of our license agreement is not to offer services to residents of the Philippines and, therefore, we do not). The local police are, however, obliged to follow up the accusation and we are, of course, fully cooperating with them to quickly clear up the situation. In the meantime, some of our services are, naturally, being disrupted as our staff help the police. We are confident this issue will be resolved quickly with minimum disruption to our customers and we thank you for your patience.”

We’ll keep you posted on this story as it develops.

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    • im pretty sure they’ve been wanting him for a long time

      just had this conversation on Skype couple nights ago about

      that site that I assumed bovada was still essentially bodog

      anyone know this answer?

      They are different companies, Bodog is based in Manila and Bovada is based in Kahnawake.

    • Calvin is to the U.S. DOJ “The One That Got Away”. You have to understand that online poker sites have a lot of attractive features for the U.S. DOJ. They do not shoot back at you when you grab their cash, they can be pursued by paper and computers instead of expensive displacements, and there is no need to move more than 20 feet away from the office Cappucino machine & donuts.That humerous aside said, Calvin has not learned the lessons of FullTilt: (1) Do not hire bozos to run your companies, (2) put in place real controls and real security and prepare to list the company on the stock exchange in Europe.Let us not forget that this formula worked very well with PartyPoker and the original founders (who have – shall be diplomatic here – somewhat unique life stories …) walked away with over a billion each and no weird U.S. department witch hunt in the wind.Until Calvin wakes up and smells the roses, he will be a pursued felon by the U.S. DOJ. If he organizes and cleans house, he can do what other some online poker sites have – in essence – done: buy off the U.S. DOJ. It is only about money.

    • Is there any specifics on the new charges levied versus Gustafsson and the others? How much was stolen as of now in total? Are they still on the run in Thailand or whatever? Pretty hilarious that this youtube clip is still out there, lauding him as “ethical”. Jeezus what a disaster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbx7uyQ-63o

    • Is there any specifics on the new charges levied versus Gustafsson and the others? How much was stolen as of now in total? Are they still on the run in Thailand or whatever? Pretty hilarious that this youtube clip is still out there, lauding him as “ethical”. Jeezus what a disaster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbx7uyQ-63o

      What a waist of 8 minutes. I would love to get that back!