COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three people and three corporationswere indicted today by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on charges related to their connection to illegal casinos.
The indictments, sought by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, come one day after agents with the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) led several other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as they carried out search warrants at six locations in Cuyahoga County and two in New Jersey.
"These indictments are testament to the hard work of the agents and our partners in this case," Public Safety Director Thomas P. Charles said. "Our agents put a lot of time and effort into the investigation and securing all of the search warrants. Their expertise is why the investigation was so successful."
Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted:
- Sreyleak Ny, 30
- Robert Rogers, 40
- Terry Fiala, 60
- George Hasrouni, 44
- Black Diamond Tech, LLC,15624 Lakeshore Blvd. in Cleveland
- Cyber Space Westlake, LLC, 30670 Detroit Rd. in Westlake
- Hasrouni Investments Inc., 22574 Lakeshore Blvd. in Euclid
All on the following charges: game of chance for profit, scheme of chance; acquire, possess, control or operate a gambling device; operating a gambling house; money laundering; conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity; engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and possession of criminal tools.
Yesterday's search warrants were the result of a case investigation that began in August 2011, by OIU enforcement agents where liquor establishments were operating illegal gaming machines. In the state of Ohio, liquor permit premises are prohibited from operating illegal gaming. OIU also provides law enforcement assistance and expertise in non-permit establishments when requested.
Other locations involved in the search warrants included: Crystal Sports Bar, Loco Leprechaun, Players Club.
Agents also worked with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey to obtain search warrants for VS2 Worldwide Communications/P&E Technologies and a private residence.
Administrative charges were also filed against the Crystal Sports Bar and Loco Leprechaun liquor permits for illegal gambling violations. The administrative case will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission after all criminal proceedings are complete.