Investigators: Man operated gambling house out of gas station
SPRINGFIELD TWP, OH (FOX19) - One man has been charged after illegal gambling was found in a Springfield Township convenient store.
On Dec.15, Cincinnati agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit completed an investigation at the Seven Hills Sunoco in the 10,000 block of Hamilton Avenue for illegal gambling.
Agents charged Indrjit Singh, 46, of Fairfield, with gambling and operating a gambling house.
The manager of the store said she didn't know having these machines were illegal.
"We had a complaint, we did a Tabaco compliance there and from that we saw the machines, the penny pusher machines. And the counterfeit merchandising at the store," Harold Torrens with the Ohio Investigative Unit said.
The liquor permit was administratively cited for recklessly permitting public gaming, operating a gambling house and theft.
During the investigation, agents seized two gambling machines and more than $5,000 in cash.
They also found approximately 400 counterfeit items, including North Face, Under Armor, Major League Baseball and National Football League licensed apparel, with an estimated retail value of $11,000.
Torrens said he's seeing more knockoff items in stores.
"We're more so now, we're looking into counterfeit merchandise. We're seeing it in a lot of different stores around the greater Cincinnati area," he said.
A woman who identified herself as Singh's wife, said they had no idea it was illegal to have the machines in the store or that they were in possession of knockoff merchandise.
She claims the police took around $20,000 in cash, and said it was money used for lottery, money transfers, and cash registers.
Singh is scheduled to appear in the Hamilton County Municipal Court on Jan. 5.
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