It’s been a month since the US Attorney in Maryland unsealed indictmentsagainst Calvin Ayre and three other individuals on charges of alleged money laundering and running an online gambling organization.
We found out today that Calvin Ayre has chosen a legal team to represent him in the case.
Calvin Ayre has assembled a dream team of legal experts including famed defense attorney Barry I. Slotnick, Barry’s son Stuart and four others from the high-powered New York law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
Slotnick has been practicing law for over 50 years and gained fame for successfully defending high-profile clients such as subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz. Slotnick was also the major lawyer defending John Gotti in his first trial, which ended in Gotti’s acquittal and helped earn Gotti a reputation as the ‘Teflon Don’.
Perhaps some of Slotnick’s finest work came when he and his son Stuart worked pro bono to successfully defend retired US Army Captain Jay Ferriola against the US government. The Ferriola case was the first to challenge the US military’s stop-loss policy (the involuntary extension of a service member’s active duty beyond their initial end of term of service). Barry and Stuart Slotnick went on to successfully defend four more soldiers against this involuntary draft.
The duo is also not unfamiliar with the gambling world. They represented casino magnate Steve Wynn in his high profile case against Lloyd’s of London after Lloyd’s refused to pay to restore a damaged Picasso in Wynn’s collection.
A little more pertinent to the current case, Barry and Stuart Slotnick negotiated what was described as a win-win deal between online gambling company Sportingbet PLC and the US Department of Justice.
The current ordeal began on Feb. 28th when the US Department of Homeland Security seized the mothballed domain Bodog.com, reactivated it and slapped a “Property Seized” logo on the front page.
Less than 24 hours later, the US Attorney in Maryland unsealed an indictment containing the names of Calvin Ayre, Jim Philip and two junior employees.
The details of the indictment indicate the alleged wrongdoing took place after Calvin Ayre sold the gaming operations following the enactment of the UIGEA. The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group continued to operate Bodog.com under a brand licensing agreement until that deal expired last year – well before undercover agents claimed to have made bets with Bodog.com in January of this year.
Also named in the indictment was a dormant domain management company in Costa Rica. This company has been inactive since 2008.