Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, October 13, 1999

CORNYN ANNOUNCES EIGHT LINER SLOT MACHINE SEIZURES

73 slot machines and $190,000 seized in Collin County

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the seizure of 73 eight liner slot machines and $190,000 in illegal wagers and prizes in Collin County. After an investigation, the machines and money were seized at Lucky Dog Game Rooms in Wylie and in Princeton and from the owners' bank accounts.

"The operation of eight liner slot machines violates the law. My office will work closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the law," said Attorney General Cornyn.

The owner of the businesses, James Hester, and the owner of the eight liner slot machines, Michael Willis, along with seven other individuals were arrested for charges ranging from engaging in organized crime to promoting gambling to possessing gambling paraphernalia. Search warrants were also served for the seizure of funds in their business accounts at Security Bank in Garland and at Nations Bank in Plano. The seized bank accounts held $155,000 in earnings from the operation of these illegal slot machines.

Forty-three eight liner slot machines and $30,000 in illegal wagers were seized as a result of a search warrant at the Lucky Dog Game Room in Wylie. Thirty-three slot machines and $2,600 in illegal wagers were seized as a result of a search warrant at the Lucky Dog Game Room in Princeton. Approximately $1,600 in gift certificates for a variety of stores were seized as well.

The Attorney General's office, the Department of Public Safety Special Crimes, the City of Princeton Police Department, the City of Wylie Police Department, the Collin County Sheriff, and the office of the Collin County District Attorney participated in the execution of the search warrants.

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