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Convenience store raid turns up illegal gaming machines

October 14, 2005

Americus- A crackdown on illegal gaming machines in Americus will lead to criminal charges for convenience store owners. Forty four video gaming machines were seized from 11 different convenience stores throughout Americus.

The convenience store at the corner of West Church and Lee Street is less than 20 yards from the police station. At the DiYa Convenience Store, just 100 yards from the police department, more than $1,500 was also seized.

"We chose not to make misdemeanor or felony charges on clerks who are making minimum wage and just basically running the store and receiving absolutely no profit from the machines in the stores. Upon conclusion of the investigation, we'll sit down with the district attorney and make a determination as to what charges are going to be made," said Lt. Richard McCorkle, Americus Police Department.

The State Revenue Department plans to fine store owners. Police say, the machines were leased to the stores from businesses in Carrollton and Gainesville.

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