Friday, November 19, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that his office had seized 286 eight liner slot machines and $96,034 in illegal wagers and prizes and made seven arrests in Brown, Gregg and Limestone counties over three days.
"Texans deserve to have our laws respected and enforced. My office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute violations of our anti-gambling laws," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I appreciate the cooperation of local law enforcement in our efforts to enforce the law," he said.
The sweep was coordinated by the Illegal Gambling Task Force of the Attorney General's office. The Task Force was assisted by local law enforcement agencies, the local District Attorney's office and DPS Special Crimes. The sweep began in Brown County on Monday, November 15 with the seizure of 120 slot machines from five businesses, and five individuals were arrested. Approximately $12,700 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized.
On November 16, in Gregg County, 143 slot machines and $77,529 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized from eleven businesses, and two individuals were arrested.
On November 17, in Limestone County, 23 slot machines and $5,805 in illegal wagers were seized from six businesses.
Most eight liner businesses operate as casinos with at least ten slot machines and are organized solely for the purpose of facilitating illegal gambling. Since May 1998, the Attorney General's office has prosecuted sixteen criminal cases involving illegal eight liner slot machines. Of these sixteen cases, eight have resulted in guilty convictions. The rest of the criminal cases are pending. Additionally, in civil cases since January 1st of this year, the Attorney General's office has obtained the forfeiture of 512 illegal eight liner slot machines and $40,000 in illegal wagers.
This effort was coordinated by Assistant Attorney General Bill Lewis of the Austin Office of the Attorney General's Special Crimes Division.
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