Illegal casino ring busted near WJ


Spin City one of six properties searched in statewide raid

By Brandon Semler - bsemler@civitasmedia.com



Spin City, a business located about one mile east of West Jefferson, is being investigated as part of an illegal casino operation in Ohio.


Brandon Semler | The Madison Press

Spin City, a business located about one mile east of West Jefferson on U.S. Route 40, was raided by authorities Wednesday as part of an investigation into a larger illegal casino operation in Ohio.

About 50 operable and 50 inoperable slot machines were found on the premises of the Madison County property, located at 9450 Broad St., Wednesday afternoon.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The search was conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), according to Sheriff Jim Sabin.

OCCC launched an investigation after receiving a complaint that Spin City was operating machines that paid out cash prizes in violation of Ohio law.

Search warrants from the OCCC were served Wednesday on four businesses and two residences in Ohio, including one in Union County near Plain City, 9970 Ketch Road. Gaming machines, cash and documents were seized during the multi-county raid.

Other locations raided include:

• Lucky Buck, 2974 Den Road, Springfield, Ohio

• Out to Play, 4637 Gallia St., Portsmouth, Ohio

• Jackpots Skilled Games, 8508 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg, Ohio

• Leslie Residence, 4926 Hallwood Court, Hilliard, Ohio

Sabin said it appeared the West Jefferson-area location appeared to be the hub for repairs for the operation, with a warehouse that included a significant amount of stored equipment. He said the location also had an area for gambling.

“The electronic and service repair area in this building is exceptional,” Sabin told The Press Wednesday afternoon at the building.

The investigation is ongoing.

“Ohio’s gaming laws are clear about the paying out of cash prizes, and those who choose to disregard the law will be held accountable,” OCCC Executive Director Matt Schuler stated in a release. “Today’s operation demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that gaming in Ohio is conducted in accordance with the law and under proper oversight.”

Assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins said anyone charged for operating the U.S. 40 location would face the charges in Madison County.

Authorities with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Hilliard Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, New Boston Police Department, Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the operation.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

Spin City, a business located about one mile east of West Jefferson, is being investigated as part of an illegal casino operation in Ohio.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/08/web1_Bust2.jpgSpin City, a business located about one mile east of West Jefferson, is being investigated as part of an illegal casino operation in Ohio. Brandon Semler | The Madison Press
Spin City one of six properties searched in statewide raid

By Brandon Semler

bsemler@civitasmedia.com

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