Illegal gambling operation in St. Cloud shut down

1:32 PM, Aug 9, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL - State gambling authorities and local police shut down what is being called an illegal gambling operation in St. Cloud Thursday.

Illegal gambling devices similar to video slot machines were confiscated after law enforcement officers served a search warrant at Triple Crown Sweepstakes (Minnesota Sweeps) in St. Cloud.

The raid was conducted after a joint investigation by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) and the St. Cloud Police Department.

AGED received a citizen complaint in June that Triple Crown was planning to open business in St. Cloud where patrons could play slot machine type games. AGED investigators contacted the business, which claimed to be raising money for a charitable organization. AGED told the company that its plan was not in compliance with state law.

"Our goal is always to educate first, but we will act when someone resists our efforts and chooses to operate outside of the law," said AGED Director Michele Tuchner.

Investigators learned that the company approached several bars in the St. Cloud area claiming their products are authorized as electronic pull-tabs included in the recent stadium legislation. AGED stresses this is not the case, and they will investigate any report of illegal gambling related to electronic pull-tabs.

Tuchner advises consumers who wish to work with a company claiming to be a charitable organization to do some research and make sure that company is legitimate.

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