BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) – Search warrants have been executed at four businesses in Bulloch County for violating Georgia’s gambling laws.
According to a GBI statement, officers collected evidence related to commercial gambling offenses and seized monetary assets derived from the illegal use of slot machines.
Search warrants were executed at the following business locations:
- Jai Ma Ambe, Inc. d / b / a Amoco BP Food Store, 218 North Main Street, Statesboro
- S&D Grandsons, Inc. d / b / a Quick Shop, 301 North Main Street, Statesboro
- Maruti Food & Gas, LLC, 17899 US Hwy. 301 North, Statesboro
- Vraj Gopi Inc., d / b / a Vraj Food Mart # 1, 21196 Hwy. 80 East, Statesboro
All locations are currently licensed to operate coin operated amusement machines. However, during the investigation, officers discovered that customers were receiving cash payments to earn credits. In Georgia, credits can only be exchanged for lottery tickets.
“We have stores that we have mandates on today that make over a million dollars a year just on the machines,” said Cindy Ledford, of the GBI Commercial Gambling Unit. “You cannot receive cash as a redemption, and in the case of the search warrants today, we have received cash several times from these locations.”
Ledford says gaming machines have grossed $ 2 billion in Georgia in the past 12 months, but many stores are illegally paying money to attract more customers and avoid paying state taxes on real income .
“The towns and counties are not making any income from this money either. It is money that should go back to the community,” Ledford said.
Multiple arrests are underway.
In total, more than 25 agents launched the raid. GBI agents and deputies from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue executed the search warrants.
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