Several Plead Guilty in Georgia Casino Probe

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say three social clubs in the Athens area and a Winder businessman have pleaded guilty to federal charges that they conspired with an amusement firm to operate illegal casinos.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that attorneys for Moose lodges in Winder and Elberton and a VFW post in Athens on Wednesday entered into plea agreements with prosecutors in U.S. District
Court in Athens. Authorities said the owner of two businesses in
Winder also entered a guilty plea.

Prosecutors said that seven people -- and the social clubs -- have
pleaded guilty in connection with the ongoing investigation into
arrangements between illegal casinos and the amusement company.

Prosecutors said the people and clubs that leased the machines
made illegal cash payouts to winners and split profits from the
machines with the amusement firm.
Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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