Local businesses searched in casino investigation


By Wayne Allen

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The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) made known Wednesday evening that search warrants were served on four businesses and two residences associated with suspected illegal casino operation, including two Scioto County businesses.

According to information from OCCC, an investigation was launched after Spin City, in Galloway, was operating machines that paid out cash prizes in violation of Ohio law.

In Scioto County warrants were served at Out to Play, at 4637 Gallia St., in Portsmouth, and Jackpots Skilled Games, at 8508 Ohio River Road, in Wheelersburg. Other counties included in the raid were Clark, Franklin, Madison and Union. During the search gaming machines, cash and documents were seized. No arrests were made.

“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,” said Matt Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission in a released statement. “Today’s operation demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that gaming in Ohio is conducted in accordance with the law and under the proper oversight.”

The investigation is ongoing.

According to OCCC, 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.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.

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