Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, who represented Bodog founder Calvin Ayre for five years while he was considered a fugitive by U.S. prosecutors, discusses the conclusion of Ayre’s criminal case in GamblingCompliance. Barry, along with his Canadian co-counsel, successfully negotiated a resolution of Ayre’s criminal case that involved a plea of guilty to a misdemeanor, a $500,000 fine, and a sentence of one year of unsupervised probation. As part of the agreement, Ayre was able to obtain the return of the domain name, Bodog.com, which had previously been forfeited by the United States. In the article, Barry comments on the case results, “I think that the reduced penalties that you are seeing reflect a greater social and moral acceptance of online gambling.” Online gambling has been regulated in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware since Ayre was first indicted.
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