Two charged with running illegal casino


Brett Leslie, 54, and Elaina Leslie, 43, of Hilliard, were charged Thursday with four felony counts for allegedly operating illegal casinos in Madison, Clark, and Scioto Counties.

As reported in The Madison Press, Spin City, one of the casinos the couple owned one mile east of West Jefferson, was raided by authorities in August 2015. Authorities called Spin City the “hub” of the operation.

According to the reports in August 2015, other locations raided included:

• Lucky Buck, 2974 Den Road, Springfield, Ohio;

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

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

Thursday’s arraignment in Madison County Common Pleas Court capped a three-year investigation conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), and various other law enforcement agencies.

The couple was charged with:

Count 1: Operation of an illegal casino;

Count 2: Money laundering;

Count 3: Possession of illegal tools; and

Count 4: Receiving criminal proceeds.

The Leslies’ attorney is Steve Palmer, out of Columbus, who specializes in Ohio gaming law.

During the August 2015 raid, officials confiscated slot machines, cash registers, and equipment.

Authorities had also searched the previous Leslie Residence, 4926 Hallwood Court, Hilliard. The OCCC found evidence of 34 bank accounts that the Leslies were using to allegedly launder the casino proceeds.

The total amount of money that was collected from the pair in 2015 was $37,263. The state is moving to keep the money and equipment.

Although two other counties were involved, the cases will be prosecuted in Madison County, according to Assistant County Prosecutor Nick Adkins.

After their arraignment on Thursday, the Leslies were released on signature bonds.

Their trial date is set for Oct. 24.

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The location of the alleged illegal casino at 9450 W. Broad St., just east of West Jefferson, is now home to several businesses.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/08/web1_Illegalcasinopiccol.jpgThe location of the alleged illegal casino at 9450 W. Broad St., just east of West Jefferson, is now home to several businesses. Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

By Mallory Powell

mpowell@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.