ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One day after seizing assets and money from a South Albany convenience store, the District Attorney and the Albany Police chief say they hope other store owners get the message.
The owner of the Haley Food Mart and his clerk pleaded guilty to selling illegal drugs and fraudulent lottery tickets in their store Monday, and it cost him more than $300,000 and his business.
"We want this to serve as a warning to other stores participating in these types of illegal activities," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.
City officials say they want businesses to thrive and be successful, but by following the laws.
"But when you are doing it illegally, and you are frauding people out of their money, then that's not a good business practice," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.
Prosecutors say the store was selling off-brand Viagra without a prescription, being used for dope sales by dealers, and scratching lottery tickets to steal the winners and sell customers the losers.
"These scratches were made in a manner that made it appear they were innocent," said Edwards. "But what was going on was the codes from those scratch off tickets were revealed."
"But then you find they were being scammed out of their money, that's an injustice," Persley said.
The D.A. and Police say if they get complaints, they will investigate other stores for similar crimes, and warn owners could lose their business and their profits if they are using crime to boost profits.