Gambling search warrants issued at six middle Georgia convenience stores
The warrants are six of 16 issued in a statewide investigation in Troup, Houston, Bibb, Chatham, Terrell and Henry counties. Four of the stores are located in Macon and two are in Warner Robins. Authorities are calling this the largest illegal gambling bust in Georgia.
According to a news release, customers at the locations were receiving cash for winning credits. In Georgia, customers are only allowed to receive store credit. Agents collected assets gained from the illegal use of the machines. The store were licensed to operate the coin operated machines under the license of Sudama Resorts, Inc.
Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke says Sudama used coin machines in 30 counties across the Peach State to give out the illegal cash payouts.
“The scale of this operation is so large that the Department of Revenue has estimated that Sudama and it’s co-defendants have failed to pay more than $20 million in taxes owed to the state and local governments,” Cooke said.
Cooke says 59 individuals are names as defendants, as well as 96 corporate defendants, 85 store locations, and Sudama.
“To my knowledge this is the largest civil RICO case filed by the state to stop an illegal RICO enterprise,” Cooke said.
Authorities expect to make multiple arrests in this case.
List of locations issued with warrants:
6230 Zebulon Road, Macon
1477 Pio Nono Road, Macon
2017 Millerfield Road, Macon
2545 New Clinton Road, Macon
415 S. Greenwood Street, LaGrange
426 S. Greenwood Street, LaGrange
1312 Hamilton Road, LaGrange
801 D Whiteville Street, LaGrange
1602 W. Bay Street, Savannah
2203 Skidaway Road, Savannah
9137 Whitebluff Road, Savannah
1210 E. Derenne Ave., Savannah
508 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins
516 Feagin Mill Road, Warner Robins
8125 Albany Highway, Sasser