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Raided Albany store owners settle civil complaint

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The owners of a Dougherty County convenience store have settled a civil complaint filed by the state when investigators seized the store in a gambling raid.

The three owners are back in control of the store but still face criminal charges.

Prosecutors say Ahmed Ayaz and George and Melanie Bagain agreed to pay a  $120,000 judgement to settle the state's civil lawsuit.

Authorities seized the store on the South Liberty Expressway as well as their homes, cars, and land that prosecutors say the suspects paid for with proceeds from illegal gambling machines.

Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards said  "Gambling sounds like a victimless crime. But in reality a lot of the people that are involved in this type of activity end up using money they receive from public support, to go gamble."

Ayaz and the Bagains are accused of laundering more than $100,000 earned from those illegal gambling machines.

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