Following yesterday’s report attributed to Forbes magazine that the US Department of Justice had seized over $24 million from bank accounts linked to Bodog, the head of Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, the online gaming firm’s Canada-based associate, has stated that the story painted a ‘misleading picture’.
Bodog was founded by Canadian entrepreneur Calvin Ayre and Forbes reported that two separate lawsuits from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland in Baltimore has seen seizures take place from institutions such as Wachovia, Bank of America, SunTrust Banks and Regions Bank, a unit of Regions Financial.
“An article was recently released on Forbes.com that creates several misimpressions that the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group feels compelled to clarify for our customers,” read a statement by Alwyn Morris, Chief Executive Officer for Morris Mohawk.
“As most of our customers already know, all operators outsource payment processing functions to third parties and these payment processors are subject to regulatory constraints wherever they operate, and, occasionally in the US, are subject to legal action because of the uncertain legal environment there.
“However, the seizure of funds from these US payment processors was mischaracterised in this article, which refers to two specific legal cases against US processors. Rightly or wrongly, the article does not make a clear distinction between these cases, which, as a result, paints a misleading picture.
“The facts are these; the first of these cases, relating to a seizure of funds from a processor known as JBL Services, happened some time ago and has absolutely nothing to do with the current payment processing challenges being experienced in the US. The constraints being experienced by payment processors in the US are universal in that region and not specific to any particular processor or site. Also, note that not one single player failed to get paid when this processor was disrupted.
“The second case refers to a payment processor known as Zippayments.com and seizure of funds from this processor's bank accounts in Nevada. The article falsely implies, but notably does not go so far as to state, that $9.9 million seized from Zippayment's Nevada bank accounts were funds on account for Bodog. This is simply false.
“Processing partners with whom the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group does business are sophisticated organisations that are perfectly clear as to the actual facts of these cases and their contexts. They are unfazed by such media hype and Morris Mohawk wishes to ensure that its customers are similarly informed. Customer deposits are safe and every player has and will always be paid.”