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Bingo raids seize 300 machines, $175,000

Discussion in 'Bingo!' started by BingoT, Mar 18, 2008.

    Mar 18, 2008
  1. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots

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    Bingo raids seize 300 machines, $175,000

    Source: The Huntsville Times
    Sheriff's deputies arrested two people and are looking for a third after a late-night raid on two bingo halls here Saturday.

    Triana VFW Charity Bingo on Wall Triana Highway and Triana Charity Bingo, at the Triana Industries facility on Sixth Street, were raided just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Nearly $175,000 in cash and more than 300 electronic bingo machines were seized.

    Bernard Gomez, 49, and Kim Bradley, 36, were taken to the Madison County metro jail on misdemeanor charges of possession of a gambling device and promoting gambling, said sheriff's Sgt. Mike Salomonsky.

    Gomez was also charged with two additional counts of the same charges on warrants stemming from a similar investigation last November. They were both released on bond Sunday.

    Salomonsky said investigators were not able to locate a third person - John Young, whose age was unavailable. He is wanted on charges of promoting gambling and possession of a gambling device from the Sunday raid and a raid last November. Young is from Massachusetts and has an address listing for Owens Cross Roads, Salomonsky said.

    Deputies were ready at both sites and entered them simultaneously at 10:42 p.m. Saturday, Salomonsky said.

    Salomonsky said Gomez and Bradley are accused of operating the 511 Sixth St. bingo hall where deputies seized 74 electronic gaming machines and $16,000 in cash. There were between 25 and 50 people playing the machines when deputies shut it down.

    The preliminary investigation shows that the money raised at that operation went to VFW organizations in the state of Texas, Salomonsky said.

    Young is accused of operating the bingo house at 1168 Wall Triana, where investigators removed 244 machines and seized $157,015 in cash. There were about 200 people playing the machines there.

    Of the cash seized at the Wall Triana site, Salomonsky said $7,515 was found in an insulated lunch box on the floor next to a safe, and $9,500 was found in a desk drawer.

    The initial investigation showed that money from the 1158 Wall Triana site was going to the Camden Group Llc. of Montgomery. Salomonsky said he had not determined what type of charitable organization it is.

    Salomonsky said the customers at the bingo halls were not charged because they could have perceived the operations as legal because both sites had business licenses from the town of Triana and/or Madison County, as well as tax stamps from Triana.

    "We're trying to catch the ones who are promoting it," he said. "And this involves the same people we shut down several months ago."

    The bingo operation at 511 Sixth St. was shut down last November when deputies seized 200 gambling machines and about $36,000 in cash. At the time, Ralph Malone, CEO of Triana Industries, confirmed he had leased part of his manufacturing space to a bingo operation.

    Salomonsky said that when the operations were shut down in November, he filed charges against Gomez and Young but didn't arrest them. He said there was an agreement made with their attorneys to allow them time to prove the games they were using are legal.

    "They never followed through, came back and set up again; so we shut them down again last night," Salomonsky said Sunday.

    Salomonsky said charity bingo with a paper card is legal as long as no more than $1,000 is given out per session and no more than a total of $2,000 is given away in one week.

    "I'm looking forward to going to court for the resolution," Salomonsky said. "If the judge says these are deemed gambling devices, then we'll have no more gambling.

    "If a judge says no, these machines are in compliance with the law, then they can run their businesses."
     
  2. Mar 18, 2008
  3. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

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    Bingo T, I am from Texas and believe me, anyone who tries to run 8liners now in Texas is asking to get busted, no matter where they are.

    I used to play bingo alot and played at one place that ran games for 2-3 different charities. They had 8liners, money not given to charity by the way. Sheriff's dept. came in one night and raided the place. All machines were grabbed, along with the money of course. Had a big deal on TV showing them being hacked up with axes and sent to scrap metal place. Not a smart move in Texas to have them.

    From what I have seen here, you can get by for a while, but come election year, you better watch out.

    I personally never saw the draw about them. Never could understand how they paid, but I am a diehard slot player. :D
     
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  5. 1819

    1819 Dormant account

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    in south florida they have "spinner" arcades. they have machines that spit out tickets that can be redeemed for prizes. the most popular prize redeemed is publix gift certificates that you can take to any publix supermarket, buy a pack of gum and get the change in cash. they have been operating for years.
     
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  6. Mar 18, 2008
  7. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

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    I know that there are some machines in Texas at gas stations etc that will pay you in tickets for gas etc. But the machines that were busted I was talking about were paying in Walmart tickets. I don't think it's so much what they pay but who is running them. As we Texans hear so much, GAMBLING, with the exceptions of paramutuel betting, IS ILLEGAL IN TEXAS. And as I also said before, it all depends on what the legal system wants to do at the time. In the small town close to where I live there was a place you could go, called a tobacco shop - so not, that had 20-30 slot machines. You went in and put money on a card like you do at some Indian casinos and then played the machines. If you won, the money went back on the card. But I never found out what you could do with the money. Asked the guy who was running it and he conveniently dodged the question. It was packed all the time. Now why would you spend money without the possibility of getting anything back, especially since Shreveport, LA is only 60 miles away. Did it get raided? NO!! Go figure.

    Texas, like our US Gov., is run by a bunch of hypocrites. They would rather we travel to LA, NM, AR or OK and spend our money than legalize gambling in Texas and keep the money here.
     
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  8. Mar 18, 2008
  9. winbig

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    So that's why the cracker barrel was so full....all those elderly ladies had nowhere else to go...:D
     
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  11. anniemac

    anniemac Ueber Meister MM PABnoaccred

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