Video: MBI: 3 Orange County businesses busted for illegal gambling

Video: MBI: 3 Orange County businesses busted for illegal gambling


THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS 9 AT 5:30 PM. FOUR PEOPLE ARE FACING FELONY CHARGES FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL GAMBLING HOUSES. AFTER A TIP, THE FBI SPENT MONTHS GOING UNDERCOVER. WE ARE LIVE FROM WHERE THIS INVESTIGATION STARTED. AT LEAST THREE BUSINESSES WERE COVERS FOR ILLEGAL GAMBLING. Reporter: INCLUDING THIS TAX-PREPARATION BUSINESS. YOU CAN SEE ON THE DOOR THEY WERE OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK INCLUDING SUNDAY. EVEN THOUGH THEY PROMISED RAPID REFUNDS, PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY SHOWING UP FOR QUICK CASH. SHUT DOWN AND CLOSE FOR GOOD. THE DOORS ARE NOW LOCKED AT THIS BUSINESS ON SOUTH CENTRAL AVENUE. INVESTIGATOR SAID IT SERVED AS A FRONT FOR ILLEGAL GAMBLING. THAT IS SHOCKING. IT’S SCARY BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS NEXT DOOR TO YOU. VALERIE RUNS THE SOULFUL SPOT NEXT DOOR AND SAID THE AMOUNT OF FOOT TRAFFIC, WAS PRETTY HEAVY. EVERY DAY ALL DAY. I AM HERE ALL DAY AND THEY ARE TOO. IT WAS JUST ONE OF THE RED FLAGS ARE OBSERVED THAT LED TO THE ARREST OF THIS MAN. INVESTIGATORS SAY HE RAN A GAMBLING LOTTERY SYSTEM AND ILLEGAL NUMBERS GAME THAT SPANS THROUGH DIFFERENT STATES GIVING GAMBLERS A CHANCE TO WIN $1000. THEY WERE REAL NICE PEOPLE. WE WOULD HAVE NEVER SUSPECTED ANYTHING ILLEGAL. IT WASN’T JUST HAPPENING HERE, OFFICERS ALSO RATED THIS WIRELESS STORE AND THIS BARGAIN PLUS STORE. BOLT WERE COVERS FOR ILLEGAL GAMBLING. THESE TWO WOMEN ARE ALSO ACCUSED OF PLAYING A ROLE. WHEN YOU SEE A POLICE RAID NEXT DOOR IT KIND OF SCARES YOU . THERE’S ALSO A FOURTH SUSPECT IN THIS CASE. THEY ARE ALL FACING A LONG LIST OF CHARGES RANGING FROM RACKETEERING TO OPERATING A GAMBLING HOUSE. THE NEXT STEP IS FIGURING OUT

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