Four men were indicted this week on charges related to money laundering and illegal video gaming in Springfield.
Kristopher Deitz, 33, of Stathan, Georgia; Scott Gregory, 36, of Brunswick, Georgia; Suresh Patel, 47, of Taylor, Michigan; and Yashvantkumar Patel, 47, of Lowndesboro, Alabama, were all indicted in the Clark County Common Pleas Court on Monday. Each is charge with money laundering and enforcement of chapter 3772.99 of the Ohio Revised Code, which relates to casino gaming, according to court records.
As of Tuesday morning, none of the men was listed as inmates at Clark County Jail.
Deitz, Gregory and both Patels pleaded not guilty to similar charges in Clark County Municipal Court in October.
In October, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Investigative Unit seized more than 100 slot and gaming machines and significant amounts of cash as part of a months long investigation into illegal gambling in multiple Clark County locations.
“Following an in-depth surveillance operation, search warrants were executed on five locations within Clark County and Springfield on Oct. 20 and 21, resulting in the confiscation of over 100 slot and gaming machines, plus online game computers, financial records and significant amounts of cash, detailing a substantial period and quantity of illegal activity,” according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Two of the gambling houses in Springfield raided were Roc-In Skilled Games, 1214 N. Bechtle Ave., and Lucky Duck Skills Games, 1942 Mitchell Blvd., according to an affidavit filed in the case.
The investigation identified a number of people as operators of single gambling houses, and investigators identified the distributor of the gaming machines and several of the owners of the gambling houses.
Detectives found owners Suresh Patel, Yashvantkumar Patel and gaming distributors Deitz and Gregory with management. All four had keys to gaming consoles and large sums of money, records stated.
Several others were also indicted this week in Clark County on enforcement of chapter 3772.99 charges: Judith Roberts, 60; Linda Baker, 72; Cleveland Kennedy, 49; Maria Henry, 47; Anil Rai, 38; Samita Rai, 36; Alma Wright, 59; Beverly Bradley, 70; Christopher Roberts, 59; Harshadkumar Patel, 39; and Kevin Thompson, 31.
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Sydney Dawes covers crime, courts and government in Clark County for the Springfield News-Sun.