Police agents raided on Thursday a call-center office in Makati City allegedly run by America’s most wanted online gambling billionaire, Calvin Edward Ayre.
A team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the National Capital Region broke into the office on the 22nd floor of Enterprise Tower on Ayala Ave.
The team seized some gadgets and computer units that were believed to be used in taking illegal gambling bets.
The CIDG-NCR director, Sr. Supt. Roberto Fajardo, said the raid confirmed that Ayre operates from the branches of call center and have visited the country.
Ayre is a Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Bodog Entertainment Brand that operates online gambling websites.
The business made him a billionaire in the mid-2000s but also earned him a bad-boy image.
Ayre was indicted with three others in February 2012 in Maryland on illegal gambling and money laundering charges.
Fajardo said Ayre, who is now a fugitive, was not present when the Makati office was raided. Fajardo has asked the Bureau of Immigration to check its records to determine if Ayre is still in the country.
Fajardo said the call-center office was taking illegal bets from international clients.
Ayre also has two more offices, in the RCBC building in Makati and Eton Building in Quezon City, that had permits to operate from the Security Exchange Commission (SEC).
The Canadian used the alias “Calvin Wilson” while in the country, Fajardo said.
Ayre is also facing charges of rape and kidnapping for ransom in the country, he said. ANTHONY VARGAS