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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
The 8th District Court of Appeals has affirmed a 2012 Cleveland Municipal Court conviction of three Cleveland sweepstakes cafes accused of running illegal gambling operations. View the decision. The attorney for the cafes said he will appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The three cafes used software from VS2 ...
HB 7, which would all but shut down sweepstakes cafes, could sit for months before the Ohio Senate reaches any sort of decision. It is possible that a legislative committee will be asked to take an in depth look at all forms of gaming including casino gambling, racinos and other ...
After several days of testimony from supporters and opponents of internet sweepstakes cafes before a House committee, House Bill 7, passed the Ohio House of Representatives by a 66-29 margin. The bill, which virtually regulates sweepstakes cafes out of business, will now go to the Ohio Senate for consideration. Among the ...