Friday, December 19, 2008

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Statement from Attorney General's Office Spokesman Dirk Fillpot on Nueces County Indictments

“A Nueces County Grand Jury today indicted 14 individuals for conducting an illegal gambling operation, engaging in organized criminal activity, and tampering with evidence. The case against the defendants, who are executives and employees with Dallas-based Aces Wired, Inc., will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General and the Nueces County District Attorney's Office.

“Last May, officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Attorney General executed a search warrant at the Aces Wired's Corpus Christi location, which did business as Ace Amusement Center #5.

“During that operation, officers seized 90 gambling devices, including so-called '8-liner' machines, and $175,000 in cash and bank account assets. The defendants also face evidence tampering charges, which are associated with their efforts to prevent law enforcement from locating, identifying, and seizing gambling devices from Ace Amusement Center #5.

“The individuals named in the indictments are:

Gordon Graves, 71, of Austin
Kristen Graves, 27, of Dallas
Kenneth Griffith, 59, of Dallas
Otis Griffith, 57, of Dallas
Russell Griffith, 61, of Corpus Christi
Jeffery Hiser, 53, of Illinois
Knowles Cornwell, 56, of Dallas
Jeremy Tyra, 26, of Dallas
Michael Roerick, 45, of Plano
Jeremy Wells, 35, of Allen
Elizabeth Tarter, 48, of Wichita Falls
Clayton Adair, 46, of Richardson
Jeremy Koelliker, 34, of Fort Worth
Donna Raser, 47, of San Antonio

“Today's indictments reflect a cooperative investigative and prosecutorial effort by the Office of the Attorney General, the Nueces County District Attorney's office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Corpus Christi Police Department."