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Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« on: January 24, 2008, 04:16:54 am »
Eight-Liner Bust at Travis County VFW Hall
 23 Jan 2008

TRAVIS COUNTY, TX  --  Travis County Sheriff's deputies busted a VFW hall for having eight-liner slot machines in Southeast Travis County.  The VFW is on FM 812 , not far from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Deputies served a search warrant and seized the mother boards of 34 eight-liner gaming machines, which are illegal in Texas.  They also found more than $13,000 in cash.

The Sheriff's Department says they will stop illegal activity no matter where they find it.

"The Austin Police Department has taken a tough stance on getting all these illegal machines and gaming houses out of the city.  We don't want them moving into the county, so we're going to move them out of the county," says Travis Co. Sheriff's Dept spokesman Roger Wade.

The Sheriff's Department says because these operations are illegal, they can also cause other illegal activity like robberies.
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Re: Illegal Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 09:59:25 pm »
Anybody know the legal situation in Michigan...are gaming machines legal or illegal? I've heard conflicting theories... ???

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Re: Illegal Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2008, 03:09:25 am »
November 7, 2007
CHARGES ADDED AGAINST BOWLING GREEN MAN AND WOMAN INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
– Towe indicted for aiding and abetting Mudd in the arson
– Mudd and Towe indicted for stealing proceeds of gambling from the VFW Post 1298

BOWLING GREEN, KY - A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned a second superseding indictment against [former VFW Post Commander] Donald Mudd, age 65, and Martha Towe, age 53, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Warren County, on charges of arson and mail fraud, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. They were previously indicted on numerous other charges, including operating an illegal gambling business, money laundering, illegal structuring of monetary transactions, mail fraud, and arson.
For full story:  http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/kyw/press_releases/PR/20071107-2.html
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Re: Illegal Gambling Operation - BUSTED!
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2008, 03:25:05 am »
VFW Post 1320 Gambling Operation Busted
Story By: Noelle Newton

(SAPULPA, Okla.) March 9, 2007 - A gambling bust tonight inside a "secret room."

That room was discovered inside an area VFW hall, where agents found eight slot machines.

Law enforcement from three agencies raided the VFW in Sapulpa.

Police officers say the machines were in a room by the bar, and the only way you could play is if a bartender buzzed you in.

As the veterans now know, they've been "buzzing in" undercover officers for a month.

State agent H.T. Scott says, “We don't write laws, we enforce them. You can't pick which one you enforce or who you enforce it on.”

This time, says Scott he found himself taking down some of our nation's heroes, “The bad thing about this, is the VFW is a great organization that helps a lot of people.”

But at VFW Post 1320 in Sapulpa, police say they were helping people make a little extra cash, just not legally.

The Sapulpa Police Department got several tips that slot machines were in a private room.

The state sent in undercover officers, who found a trusting bartender.

Scott says, “Our guy got buzzed in the first night, so they got lax about who they let in there.”

Scott also says, while the officers were inside they saw people win hundreds of dollars.

“Unless they're a tribal casino, it's illegal to gamble.” Scott says they knew what they’re were doing. “You wouldn't put a buzzer on a door if you thought it was okay to go in there.”

Now the post commander, bartender and others could face prison time.

Scott says it's simply a gamble that's not worth taking, “What happens is, you give the place a black eye it doesn't need simply by trying to make a little extra money with illegal gambling.”

No one was arrested today. Officers just identified each person inside the hall.

Those caught playing the machines could be charged with misdemeanors, but that's for the district attorney to decide.

The Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission tells FOX23, it will file charges against the person who's name is on the hall's liquor license.

The Creek County D.A. will decide whether to file additional charges.
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Cops Raid "Audie L. Murphy Memorial VFW Post" a.k.a. Audie's Place
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008, 04:03:36 am »
That Day Dallas Cops Didn't Have Hookers to Harass.
Drew Carey Defends Poker (raid at the VFW Post 1837 in Dallas) ...
See video:  http://revver.com/video/508549/texas-close-em-by-drew-carey-and-reasontv/

Maybe Dallas wouldn't be ranked as the 34th most dangerous city in America if Dallas police weren't devoting precious resources to raiding friendly poker games played by veterans. In his latest video for Reason.tv, Drew Carey examines a paramilitary-style raid on a poker game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837 in Dallas, which has now been forced to close its doors.

"Poker is about as American as baseball and apple pie," Carey says in theReason.tv video. "It was born here in America. Mark Twain loved it. He's a great American. Until recently, Supreme Court justices had a monthly game. They're great Americans. You'd think playing poker in a VFW hall would be about as American as anything you could do."

"This story highlights the hypocrisy that surrounds gambling in this country," said Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.tv. "States will gladly take your hard-earned money if you want to play the government's lottery. But if you sit down with some veterans to play Texas hold 'em you may end up with cops, in full riot gear, busting down your door. No one gets hurt when consenting adults sit down for a game of cards. And there's no reason for the government to get involved."

The busted poker players have a court date on December 5, 2007.
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Poker raids target VFW and AmVets posts
Thursday, April 19, 2007
By HOLLY YAN / The Dallas Morning News
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Two veterans organizations' posts were raided for alleged illegal gambling last weekend in Far East Dallas.

Police busted a poker operation at the AmVets Post No. 106, in the 2300 block of Oates Drive, on Friday night, Dallas police Lt. Christina Smith said.

The following night, police said, they broke up poker games at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837, in the 2300 block of Lakeland Drive.

Poker operations are illegal "when the house takes a cut from the pot, as opposed to you having a friendly poker game at your house," Lt. Smith said. "The money paid in should be the same amount paid out," and the poker games should be in a private setting.

Roughly 10 percent of the pot was pocketed by the house at each location, police said.

Operators of the poker games face charges of keeping a gambling place, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Players were issued Class C misdemeanor citations with fines up to $500.

At the AmVets post, three operators face charges and six players were cited. No one at the post could be reached for comment Wednesday.

The VFW bust yielded 11 cases against operators and about 47 citations. A woman at the post Wednesday said no one there would be able to talk about the incident.

Police typically hear of such operations through anonymous tips and follow through by having undercover officers join the game.

"We can't execute search warrants without going in, playing the game and determining there is illegal activity going on," Lt. Smith said.

About $6,800 was seized from the VFW post. Police were told the proceeds were supposed to go to the ladies' auxiliary.

"There are only certain types of charities that can benefit," Lt. Smith said. "Usually raffles are the only legal form of gambling."

She said that if a judge decides at trial that the gambling was a legitimate operation, the money could be returned.

Police said those at the AmVets bust wouldn't say who was to get the profits from the poker games.

Another poker raid, at the Island Club in the 10800 block of Ferguson Road in Far East Dallas, on Friday night netted an additional two cases against operators and eight citations.

[Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-pokerraid_19met.ART0.North.Edition1.434471a.html  ]


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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/050607dnmetvfwpoker.36acc35.html

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UPDATE on "Audie's Place" VFW POst 1837
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2008, 01:02:55 pm »
I contacted the news reporter for an update.  His reply....
Thanks for the email. I checked on this last month, and at that time, the city had dismissed all of the Class C tickets for simple gambling. They were still pursuing Class A charges against the “organizers,” but the case hadn’t moved much. The attorney, Bob Hinton, has filed a motion to knock the case down, and I’m not sure how he fared. I have a message in to him.
 
As for the VFW being open, I do not know. I imagine that it might be open, but not for poker anymore. But I’m just not sure.
 
I’ll let you know if I find out more.
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Re: Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008, 01:22:04 pm »
Good Work, DD
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Re: Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2008, 04:14:33 am »
Somerset VFW hit with three liquor-law citations related to gambling
The Tribune-Democrat - 4 Feb 2008

SOMERSET, PA — Post 554, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 139 W. Union St., Somerset, has been cited for three liquor-law violations.

The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said the club, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 3, 2007, violated gambling laws under the liquor code.

From Aug. 5 through 11, Aug. 12 through 18, Aug. 19 through 25, and Aug. 26 through Sept. 1, the post violated the liquor code by offering more than $5,000 in cash during any seven-day period, police said.

The post failed to maintain complete, truthful records for a two-year period immediately preceding Dec. 3 concerning the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, the report said.

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Re: Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2008, 04:27:29 am »
Opinion - Missouri Court of Appeals Western District
http://www.courts.mo.gov/courts/pubopinions.nsf/e53581bdd14e64858625661f004bc8fd/6d2e22a0bc9d4c7a862573de00744551?OpenDocument

Case Style: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6477, Appellant, v. Missouri Gaming Commission, Respondent.

Case Number: WD68118

Hand-down Date: 01/29/2008

Opinion Summary:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6477 appeals the revocation of its bingo license by the Missouri Gaming Commission and the subsequent judgment of the circuit court affirming the revocation. In June 2004, the commission filed a complaint with the Administrative Hearing Commission asserting the VFW was subject to discipline for violating section 572.070, RSMo, which prohibits possession of a "gambling device, knowing or having reason to believe that it is to be used in the state of Missouri in the advancement of unlawful gambling activity" and for violating the provisions of a March 29, 2001 order of the commission, which prohibited the VFW from having illegal gambling machines in its buildings. After conducting a hearing in January 2005, the Administrative Hearing Commission found that the machines were illegal gambling machines and that the VFW violated the provisions of the commission's March 2001 order. It determined the VFW was subject to discipline under sections 313.052(1) and (2). Following a disciplinary hearing, the commission issued its order revoking the bingo license. The VFW appealed to the circuit court. In January 2007, the circuit court affirmed the Administrative Hearing Commisssion's and the commission's decisions. The VFW appeals challenging the findings of the Administrative Hearing Commission and the discipline imposed by the commission.

AFFIRMED.

Division Two holds: Nothing in the record indicates that the commission abused its discretion in revoking the bingo license or that revocation was arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable. The Administrative Hearing Commission's finding that the machines seized from the VFW were illegal gambling devices is supported by competent and substantial evidence on the record as a whole where evidence was introduced that the bartenders admitted making monetary payments to players on the machines.

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Re: Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2008, 09:02:38 am »
Every communication I get from the Missouri Gaming Commission, which oversees the game of bingo in the state of Missouri warns that there shall be no gambling devices of any kind, even in storage, anywhere on the premises of any organization licensed to play bingo.  This post knew they were breaking the law and still maintained the gambling devices.  Of course, they DESERVED to lose their license.  They should have lost their liquor license also but the Gaming Commission has no authority over that.  I am sorry that there are those amongst us who willfully disobey the law in the name of the VFW.
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Re: Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2008, 11:24:00 am »
Once caught, if Department Commanders would initiate an investigation and then disciplinary action against the Post Commanders and Quartermasters for this behavior, then others would not be so tempted to skirt the laws. It is time to make Post Commanders and Quartermasters responsible for their jobs.  8)
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2008, 12:09:41 pm »
VFW leadership needs to get there priorties straight. VFW posts are breaking state laws that we pledged to uphold and our leadership does nothing. It a post fails to send in a report of delegate fees letters to pull charters fly. Seems the only District, State and National worries about is if they get their money.

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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2008, 03:02:44 pm »
November 7, 2007
CHARGES ADDED AGAINST BOWLING GREEN MAN AND WOMAN INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
– Towe indicted for aiding and abetting Mudd in the arson
– Mudd and Towe indicted for stealing proceeds of gambling from the VFW Post 1298

March 7, 2008

BOWLING GREEN, KY - Donald Mudd, age 67, and Martha Towe, age 54, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Warren County, were found guilty of multiple charges in United States District Court, Bowling Green Division, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Mudd was found guilty of arson and two counts of mail fraud, Towe was found guilty of illegal structuring in the purchase of a Mercedes automobile and one count of mail fraud, and both Mudd and Towe were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and of illegal gambling. Towe was acquitted of the arson charge.

The jury’s verdict of guilty was returned following a nine-day trial before Thomas B. Russell, Judge, United States District Court.
For entire story: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/kyw/press_releases/PR/20080307-1.html
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Illegal Gambling Activities - BUSTED!
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2008, 02:04:52 pm »
September 24, 2008
Bianchi fined, sentenced to community service in VFW gambling probe
NASHUA — Former Milford Selectman Doug Bianchi was sentenced today to a year in jail, suspended, $2,000 in fines and 200 hours of community service on two misdemeanor gambling charges.

Superior Court Judge Diane Nicolosi handed down the sentence in Hillosborough County Superior Court. Nicolosi said she didn’t believe “it was a crime of greed” but she felt she had to send a message.

In February 2007, Milford police, the state Bureau of Liquor Enforcement, and the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, armed with a search warrant, entered the Harley-Sanford VFW Post 4368 and confiscated poker machines. They alleged the machines had been illegally paying out winnings.

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