On August 5th, Ohio’s Casino Control Commission raided six casinos suspected of engaging in illegal behavior. The casinos were located in various counties throughout Ohio, including Clark, Franklin, Madison, and Union. Two residences were also raided in Hilliard and Plain City.
According to state law, games of skill or chance can only give out prizes, such as merchandise or gift cards, worth no more than $10. The Casino Commission says that these Ohio casinos were giving out cash awards which is illegal.
During the raids, officials seized cash, documents, and gaming machines. No arrests were made, but several of the casinos involved in the investigation have been closed down.
Gaming Operators Treated as “Casino Operators”
The individuals involved in the alleged illegal conduct at these casinos are being punished more harshly, due to tactics used by the Attorney General’s office. By treating these skilled gaming operators as “casino operators,” it can elevate the charges from a Class 1 Misdemeanor to a Class 5 Felony.
If you are engaged in any of these investigations or a related casino matter, it is imperative that you take measures to protect yourself. The penalties can be severe and investigations are ongoing. We at The Meranda Law Firm LTD represent those accused of criminal offenses, utilizing more than 15 years of criminal defense experience.
Our firm is prepared to closely evaluate the details of your case and build the strong defense that you need. As Columbus criminal defense attorneys, we can fight tirelessly against your charges. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free consultation.