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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011, Posted On: 4/24/2011

Officials Charged In Video Gambling Crimes In 2 States

Marcus Webb
video gambling, video poker, Texas video gaming, South Carolina video game, Judge, Abel C. Limas, eight-liner, 8-liner

HOUSTON, TX and CHARLESTON, SC -- Public officials have been charged with misusing their authority to aid illegal gaming in two high-profile cases in Texas and South Carolina.

The Brownsville Herald reported that Texas State District Judge Abel C. Limas has been charged with racketeering -- specifically bribery and extortion -- in aid of an eight-liner operation.

The judge admitted that in 2008 he and a cohort received more than $20,000 after he induced another judge to improperly order the release of 68 eight-liner games from police custody. Limas entered a guilty plea on March 31. | SEE STORY

In unrelated news, sheriff's deputies raided two game rooms near Galveston on April 19, seizing $106,000 in cash and 180 eight-liner machines. An April 1 raid on other game rooms in the same jurisdiction netted some $30,000 in cash and 134 machines.

In South Carolina, ongoing investigations into video poker gambling in Berkeley County have resulted in the arrests and incarceration of three former sheriff's deputies. Officials said two of the three had illegal video poker machines in their homes. | SEE STORY

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