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Utah AG Charges Two Operators For Allegedly Running Deceptive Coin Pushers And Kiosks As Gambling Devices

Posted On: 9/8/2017

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Attorney General's office has filed gambling and money laundering charges against two operators of coin pushers and electronic kiosks. The move, said state law enforcement officials, follows an investigation that began in March.

Facing charges are Pierre Luc Marcoux, 34, of Delray Beach, FL, and John Leslie Honeuycutt, 47, of Hooper, UT. Both men were charged on Sept. 6 in the 3rd District Court with money laundering, a third degree felony and two counts of gambling promotion, a class B misdemeanor in Utah.

The coin pushers in questions were promoted as promising to vend a gumball with each play, though a thorough investigation found some machines didn't have any gumballs in them. In at least one instance, an agent reportedly deposited 12 quarters without receiving the promised treat.

Also seized were kiosks that allegedly were operating as sweepstake machines, which are illegal in Utah. According to investigators, players were able to choose the number of credits played, providing the appearance of increasing the odds of a larger payout.

The charges follow raids in March that saw 60 search warrants served throughout Cache and Washington county gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants and other business establishments. Following the police investigation, the machines were initially thought to be operated by Intermountain Vending Inc. and Western Coin LLC. However, law enforcement officials later learned that they had been sold to ITM Management LLC and WC Management LLC.

At the time of the initial investigation, tips about illegal gambling devices were reported by citizens to state Sen. Curt Bramble, and Utah Reps. Justin Fawson and Norm Thurston.