QUICK LINKS: Videos  |  Micromarkets |

Redemption Report

|

Classifieds

|

Buy a Classified Ad

|

Editorial Calendars

|

Circulation Data

|

Downloads

|

Bookstore

|

Date Book

Search:      

Bookmark this site




Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2012, Posted On: 6/5/2012


Ohio: Federal, State, Local Agencies Investigate And Shut Down Electronic Sweepstakes Venues


by Staff Reporter
electronic sweepstakes games, sweepstakes video games, Ohio sweepstakes games, Ohio sweepstakes probe, VS2 Worldwide Communications, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Attorney General, Internet cafe, amusement business

CLEVELAND -- Following extensive investigations, seven sweepstakes videogame businesses in Ohio have been shut down, and 10 individuals have been indicted in connection with those enterprises. No arrests were made, said officials.

The three owners of VS2 Worldwide Communications (Farmingdale, NJ) were indicted. Officials said VS2 supplied software to at least 18 Ohio Internet sweepstakes operations. Revenues from sweeps games are being funneled through an elaborate money-laundering scheme involving various banks, investigators charged.

The probe into Ohio's electronic sweepstakes videogame industry, and the ensuing resulting crackdown, was conducted jointly by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshal Service, Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, U.S. Postal Inspector's Office and Parma Heights Police Department.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors said they have issued cease-and-desist letters to 50 more sweepstakes videogame operators in their jurisdiction.

In late May, the Ohio state Legislature approved a one-year ban on new electronic sweepstakes venues.


Topic: Music and Games Features

Articles:
  • TouchTunes Executive Sales VP Phil Cohn Exits Company
  • Stern Pinball Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary With Epic Party: Oct. 14
  • AMOA Sets 2017 State Association Confab For Tampa, FL: Jan 26-28
  • Sega Launches Mario & Sonic Sports-Themed Game At 2016 Olympics
  • Embed Installations Continue For Round One And ACS Amusements

Copyright © 2016 Vending Times Inc. All rights reserved. 
P: (516) 442-1850 | F: (516) 442-1849 | subscriptions@vendingtimes.net
55 Maple Ave. - Ste. 304, Rockville Centre, NY 11570