AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that a Williamson County jury returned a guilty verdict against illegal eight liner operator, Martha Georg. Georg owned The Store of Florence in Florence, TX and was charged with keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device and gambling promotion.
"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 guilty verdict was given to the Williamson County Court of Law #1 over the weekend, and the punishment hearing will be set in the near future. The jury found Georg guilty of three Class A misdemeanors which carry penalties of up to one year in county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000. Three machines and approximately $2,400 in gambling proceeds from The Store of Florence will be forfeited to the State.
Testimony in the case revealed that from April 1998 to May 1999, the three illegal eight liner slot machines generated over $40,000 in illegal gambling proceeds.
Similar charges are pending against three of Georg's co-defendants: Henry Brizendine of Florence, Harold Riewe of Austin, and Michael Johnson of Pflugerville. The Williamson County Attorney's office also has charges pending against Alois Amusement, the business association which owned the gambling devices.
Assistant Attorneys General Grant Sparks and Sherri Tibbe, in the Special Crimes Division of the Attorney General's office, are handling this case and worked with the Williamson County Attorney's office. The investigation was conducted by the Texas Lottery Commission with assistance from deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.
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