The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Monday is now hot on the trail for the suspected mastermind of illegally operated casino whose operations were masqueraded as call centers.
Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, CIDG-National Capital Region chief, identified the suspect as Calvin Ayre a.k.a Calvin Wilson, 52, the alleged founder of Budog Empire.
He added that suspicions against Ayre stemmed from reports that he was organizing numerous “dummy” corporations in the Philippines as part of his supposed efforts “to fully relocate the base of his world-wide illegal gambling operations in the Philippines.”
The case was marked as priority after it was later found out that the US District Court of Maryland, USA has issued an arrest warrant against Ayre for money laundering and illegal gambling.
The suspect was listed among the most wanted fugitives in the latest list issued by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security.
Ayre’s offices in Metro Manila was raided last week by virtue of search warrants issued by a Malabon City court. These are the Fenris Ventures Corp (formerly known as NTrust Corp) in Makati, two offices of the Spectrogen Corp. (formerly known as Novenix Corp.) also in Makati, and the office of De Janeiro Global Solutions Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Inc. (formerly known as Integrim BPO Solutions Inc. in Quezon City. Assorted units of computer equipment were confiscated.
Fajardo said the operations basically run by placing bets in a website here in the Philippines.
“If you’re are a gambler from the Philippines and the US, and you are entering the website, you have problem depositing the money then you call a telephone number and you come to the office in Quezon City. There, an agent will manually assist you in depositing the money into the account and that’s 100 percent illegal in the US, [and also]100 percent illegal in the Philippines,” Fajardo said. PNA