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A Canton Township couple has been sentenced to two years of probation on charges of operating illegal video gaming parlors. Paul and Debra Kasapis pleaded guilty to two counts of operating an illegal casino, two counts of operating a gambling house and two counts of gambling. Should they violate probation, they could be sent to prison for up to two years. In addition, the couple had to perform 100 hours of community service as well as forfeit over $400,000, 400 gambling machines, several vehicles and some personal property.

Paul Kasapis also had a Federal case against him regarding tax charges related to his illegal video gaming parlors. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Kasapis failed to report income exceeding $1 million over a 7-year period. He also failed to pay other required taxes related to his businesses.

Last month a Federal judge sentenced Kasapis to 15 months in a federal prison and ordered him to pay approximately $533,000 in restitution. He must also forfeit a residence in Cape Coral, Florida and a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare account. His wife was not charged in the federal case.

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