Gambling Trial

Man convicted in bingo scheme gets new trial

An appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled to allow a new trial for a man prosecutors say conspired to sell 50 million dollars in illegal instant bingo tickets. Philip F George of Akron was convicted in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in March 2003 on eight counts including gambling, money laundering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Yesterday, the First District Court of Appeals reversed George's conviction, saying a judge wrongly denied George a continuance during his trial. George had said he needed more time to prepare for trial because the state took materials he needed for his defense during a search of his home. Prosecutors said the 45-year-old George was the kingpin of a scheme to sell "instant bingo" tickets at dozens of bars, stores and clubs in northeast and southwest Ohio from 1998-2000.