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GIRARD, Ohio - The owner of an Internet café raided in Liberty Township last month was arraigned in municipal court Tuesday morning.

Adam Syed, 30, of Akron, was charged with operating a gambling house and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Liberty police issued a summons for Syed's arrest after a raid on Belmont Sweeps in Liberty. Syed's company, AMS Entertainment, runs that company.

Liberty police seized 32 illegal gambling machines from the Internet café after a two-week investigation uncovered slot machines being used in cash payouts. The business was closed last month and is to remain closed.

In a statement to police, a former business partner said, at the time he disassociated himself with AMS a year ago, there were no slot machines in any of the company's businesses although there had been talk of it by Syed.

Amber Al Mhaiat, of Saratoga Street in Warren, and Patricia A. Micochero, of Roslyn Avenue in Akronan, were both arrested during the raid and each was charged with gambling and operating a gambling house.

Both employees pleaded not guilty Girard Municipal Court to the charges and $5,000 bonds were set for each charge.

Both women are due back in court for pre-trial on April 17.

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