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Former Online Gambling Billionaire Calvin Ayre Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge

In what can only be considered a victory for Calvin Ayre, the former online gambling billionaire pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor charge, resolving a five-year criminal case in which federal prosecutors pursued felony charges against Ayre and the company he founded, Bodog Entertainment Group.

According to a criminal information filed in federal court in Baltimore, Ayre admitted to an accessory after the fact charge related to the transmission of gambling information in violation of the federal Wire Act. At the same time, federal prosecutors dropped the felony charges they had filed against Ayre, Bodog and three other Canadian men.

Ayre, 56, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge today by telephone from his lawyer’s office in Vancouver, participating in a hearing that took place in a Baltimore’s federal court. In addition, Ayre reacquired the domain name for Bodog that had been seized by federal prosecutors as part of the criminal case through a payment of $100,000.

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