Tag: illegal gambling



Another Raid

Law enforcement seized illegal slot machines, cash and documents from multiple businesses, all owned by the same individual, in Brown and Clermont counties in southwestern Ohio. In all, twenty five illegal slot machines were disabled.


As part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling in Ohio, the Ohio Casino Control Commission and local law enforcement executed dozens of search and seizure warrants in Summit, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Erie, Stark and Ottawa counties. Ten secret indictments were unsealed. All of the individuals were indicted on charges of engaging in ... Read More


The Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Department of Taxation Investigations Division worked with 25 agencies across northern Ohio to “determine the nature and extent of criminal activity.” Search and seizure warrants were executed in Cuyahoga, Erie, Lorain, Ottawa, Summit and Stark counties. It’s unclear if any arrests were ... Read More



Legal Blotter

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, ... Read More



Crackdown Continues

Law enforcement continues its crackdown on illegal gambling. Last summer the Ohio Investigative Unit raided Shelluke’s Bar and Grill in Fremont. Two gambling machines were seized. There were two such raids in Sandusky County in 2016. The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) conducted an investigation covering Fairfield, Franklin and Perry counties. Five locations were raided. Illegal ... Read More



Legal Beat

Barring an appeal, the final challenge to the constitutionality of Ohio’s casinos has ended. Last Fall, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge ruled against Frederick Kinsey, the last of seventeen members of Ohio Roundtable who had filed a lawsuit in 2011 challenging the constitutionality of casino gambling in Ohio. The ... Read More



Clark County Roundup

The Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) wrapped up their investigation in the Springfield area. Twelve bar owners have pleaded guilty to charges of illegal gambling. As part of the plea agreement, each owner will pay a $100 fine plus court costs. Last year 55 electronic gambling machines were seized from 15 county bars. The ... Read More


Stephen Cline, owner of Spinners, a Pickaway County establishment, has been sentenced to five years on probation and fined $10,000. He also has 30 days to rid himself of any gambling equipment he may still own. Cline had pleaded guilty in February to charges of money laundering and operating an illegal casino. ... Read More



Legal News

The “skill game parlor” industry continues to wane. In 2014, Lance’s Skill Game Challenge in New Philadelphia was raided. Cash in the amount of $2,000 and 37 slot-machine gambling devices were seized in the raid. Owner Robert Lance of Fairfield Township, in Tuscarawas County, was indicted on four counts of gambling ... Read More



Legal Blotter Update

Stephen Cline, owner of Spinners, a Pickaway County establishment, has pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and operation of an illegal casino. Last year Spinners as well as Cline’s home were raided after complaints that Spinners was paying out cash prizes, which is illegal under Ohio law. Gambling machines, cash and ... Read More