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AG's office seizes Smith Twp. gambling machines

Published: Wed, August 13, 2014 @ 12:03 a.m.

Staff report


Investigators with the state Attorney General’s office seized 54 gambling machines from a 22184 Harrisburg-Westville Road business in the township that is suspected of being an illegal casino.

A news release from state Attorney General Mike DeWine said search warrants were served Tuesday at the business, which calls itself the House of Skills. Officials say 46 of those machines were operational.

The release said the business is suspected to have been giving cash payouts in violation of Ohio law. Games of skill are allowed, but cash payouts are not, the release said.

An investigation began after township received several complaints about the business, the release said.

“Today’s search warrant is an important step to ensure the law is being followed,” Smith Township Police Chief John Siranovic said in the release.

The facility was suspected to have been operating casino-gaming devices and giving cash payouts. Officials say skill games with cash prizes are illegal under Ohio law unless operated by a casino or racino.

DeWine said in the statement that officials will not tolerate illegal casinos that lack regulatory oversight. The investigation is ongoing.

Smith Township law-enforcement officials were not available for additional comment late Tuesday. The listed phone number for the business has been disconnected.

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