Bibb County District Attorney donates illegal gambling money

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office is giving back to the community with the money it received from a gambling bust last month.

Eight Middle Georgia businesses were raided for collecting more than $25,000 a month since January 2014. This totals almost four million dollars. The district attorney’s office will receive about $600,000 from the case’s settlement and give as much of the money as it can to victims.

The first donation will go to the Crisis Line and Safe House in Macon.

“When I realized that we had a problem that we needed to address. We would be seizing money that was illegally obtained, and we had an opportunity to do something with it. The first thing that came to my mind was helping victims,” explained Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke.

The district attorney’s office will match up to $10,000 in donations for the Appetites for Advocacy Fundraiser. It’s a dinner at Cheddar’s on Riverside Drive involving “celebrity” waiters, like Bibb County Sheriff David Davis. The money will benefit domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

“Helping people to get into locations where they are free from violence. Help them set up deposits, first month’s rent. Work with them to establish budgets,” said the Executive Director for the Crisis Line and Safe House Dee Simms.

Both Simms and Cooke hope to raise about $22,000 this year.

The 4th Annual Appetites for Advocacy Fundraiser is Tuesday, June 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Cheddar’s on Riverside Drive.

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