55 indicted in Ohio over illegal casino operation

55 individuals and corporate entities have been indicted by the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office in Ohio for their participation in illegal casino gaming.  The indictments are part of an ongoing investigation involving several law enforcement offices and the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), which will probably result in more names being added to the indictment list. 

All 55 of the individuals and entities have been indicted on counts of money laundering, casino gaming operations and/or operating a gambling house and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, according to a press release issued by the prosecutor's office.  The release states, in part, “The indictments address the drain on our community tax base and the victimization of members of the community who are among the most vulnerable to financial manipulation."

On August 16, law enforcement officials raided a number of businesses in connection to a state-wide investigation that is targeting illegal gambling.  Those announced in this round of indictments were grouped together because of their location, but the prosecutor's office didn't specify what their relation was to one another in terms of the illegal operations.

At least 24 law enforcement offices around the state, as well as the OCCC and the Ohio Department of Taxation's Criminal Investigations Division, are conducting the investigation. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis P. Will affirmed that the investigation will continue and that all departments involved "will continue using all the tools at their disposal to uphold state law and protect the community."

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