A 159-count indictment against eight individuals and two businesses has been unsealed in Cuyahoga County. Charges included racketeering for distributing illegal video slot machines to bars across the state, primarily in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Ashland, Lake and Wayne counties. According to the office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, those indicted profited ...
March 18, 2015ogadmin
Last month, it appeared HB 7 might not see action until 2014. Now Ohio Senate President Keith Faber is saying action will be taken by the end of May. Originally the Senate was believed to have been favoring regulation over an outright ban of sweepstakes cafes. That apparently changed after a ...
May 1, 2013ogadmin
Turns out there aren’t as many Internet cafes as originally thought. After the existing moratorium went into effect in 2012, over 820 affidavits were filed with the attorney general's office. Appears that some were duplicative and others were for non-existent cafes. The real total is more like around 500 Internet ...
April 30, 2013ogadmin
Internet café owners in Lake County have filed a lawsuit in Franklin County to stop any raids in their county similar to the ones conducted in neighboring Cuyahoga County. A Franklin County Common Pleas judge denied their request for a temporary restraining order that would have prohibited the attorney general ...
April 30, 2013ogadmin
A day after DeWine’s briefing, a Cuyahoga County grand jury issued a 146-page indictment against eight companies and eleven people connected to Internet cafes. The charges included money laundering, possession of criminal tools and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Pending house bill HB 7, which would severely restrict the economic incentives for sweepstakes café operators, recently stalled in the Ohio Senate. The bill faced challenges as some state senators questioned whether a more hospitable treatment for sweepstakes cafes was warranted. Ending speculation about the viability of ongoing operations, Ohio ...
Less than one week after announcing his intentions to take legal action against Internet cafes, Attorney General Mike DeWine sprang into action. At a briefing for law enforcement officials, DeWine announced the formation of an Internet Gaming task force within his office that will assist local law enforcement agencies in prosecuting ...
Tired of waiting on state legislators, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he will work with local law enforcement to take legal action to shut down Internet cafes statewide. This comes after the chairman for the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee indicated he hopes to pass legislation by ...
April 15, 2013ogadmin
The Permanent Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering plans to take a closer look at all gaming operations in Ohio, including casinos, racetrack VLTs, charitable gambling and Internet cafes to see how the sweepstakes cafes fit into the big picture of gambling in the state. They hope to make a ...
April 4, 2013ogadmin
Banks have joined the fight against sweepstakes cafes. At least five sweepstakes cafes in Cleveland have received notification from a major bank that their business checking accounts are being closed. Café owners believe the banks are being pressured by prosecutors and the media. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor has denied these allegations.
March 28, 2013ogadmin