Update 1/23: The original story on CalvinAyre.com has been pulled without explanation.
A report yesterday from CalvinAyre.com claiming that the DoJ has “adopted a new approach toward pending prosecutions of individuals in connection with online gambling” has been met with skepticism from various corners of the gambling industry.
Citing unnamed sources, the report asserts that:
In essence, provided those being prosecuted aren’t US citizens and the companies with which they are associated maintained no physical infrastructure within US borders, the DOJ will accept corporate pleas and fines to resolve all outstanding charges.
I’m inclined the treat the report as more than pure rumor, simply because: 1) the site is in a reasonable position to have such a source, given Calvin Ayre’s indictment; and 2) I think the stalemate of the status quo is untenable for all parties involved, including the DoJ.
But if the reaction on Twitter is any indication, I’m firmly in the minority:
@OPReport Have to admit it doesn't make much sense to me. "Accept corporate plea and fine" to settle individual criminal charges?
— Dave Behr (@dave_behr) January 22, 2014
— Victor Rocha (@VictorRocha1) January 22, 2014
@OPReport I’d say there is always a chance, but that chance is less than 15%. My insider knowledge greatly conflicts.
— *TT* (@_tizzle) January 22, 2014
— Haley Hintze (@Haley_Hintze) January 22, 2014