Police officers in a Lexington, Ky., suburban area today dealt with federal agents to bust two illegal video gaming centers. Authorities said that resulted in the arrest of 4 individuals and the seizure of about $10,000 and 22 machines.
On Monday, the Nicholasville Authorities Department performed search warrants at two businesses situated less than a mile apart.
In the back room of a used vehicle dealership on South Street, officers and FBI agents discovered seven machines. They found 15 more at a convenience store simply down the street.
In a declaration on the firm’s Facebook page, the department said it acted upon the warrants after getting several grievances about the machines.
Prohibited gaming devices such as these are developed for the individual not to win,” the Nicholasville Authorities Department stated in the post. “They normally pay out small amounts to have you continue to return and play the games.”
Photos taken by the department show the officers confiscated video fruit machines and poker and keno games.
Nicholasville officers apprehended Barron Henderson of South Carolina, Teresa Burdine of Nicholasville, Sheila Johns of Nicholasville, and Carolyn Ramsey-Jasper of Somerset, Ky.
. The cop’s department’s statement said officers charged each person with four counts of conspiracy to promote gaming, a Class D felony in the state. According to state law, each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.
Johns’ arraignment is set up for June 16 at 10:30 am ET in a Jessamine County court. Arraignments for the other three occur on June 17 at 9 am.
While federal representatives participated in the raid, it’s uncertain if any of the four will deal with federal charges. None have been submitted so far in US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
The cops included that the prohibited gaming investigation continues in the event and that more individuals might face charges.
Casino gaming is illegal in Kentucky, but the state does allow racetracks to provide historical horse racing (HHR). HHR makers appear like Class II slots. Rather than using electronic bingo games to identify winners, HHR devices utilize the results of formerly run races.
Racing officials also say HHR is a pari-mutuel-based game, unlike conventional slots.
Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a bill offering the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission the ability to authorize HHR games. After a state, Supreme Court viewpoint essential in 2015 stated the state company did not have the power to create a new type of pari-mutuel betting.
The closest HHR parlor to Nicholasville is Red Mile Racing and Gaming. That place lies less than 15 minutes away in Lexington.