Illegal Gambling Operation Busted At Atlanta Gas Stations
Gas stations in Atlanta not only provided customers with fuel, but also with a way to make money through illegal electronic gambling machines. that is according to authorities in Georgia.
Police raided three different gas stations this week and seized fourteen illegal electronic gambling machines. The machines were intended to be played by customers and winners would receive merchandise from the store if they won.
The gas stations, however, were paying out customers in cash. The cash aspect of the operation was what made the games illegal. The gas stations were, in essence, using the machines much like they are used in Las Vegas casinos.
"The undercover went to four locations within a six block area. Three of the four locations paid in cash, with no questions asked," said Seargeant Danny McDonald from the Noonan Police Department.
The three clerks that were at the gas stations were arrested and charged with commercial gambling. The money from the machines was also seized. Authorities estimate that thousands of dollars could have been running through the machines per month.
The owner of one of the gas station raided claimed that she had to pay in cash to keep her customers happy and coming back. She said the customers were loyal and she needed them to keep coming in and playing the machines.
November 22, 2008
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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