Hawaii: Sweepstakes machines such as for example this 1 have been seized in current raids by Honolulu police. (Image: KITV.com)
A place where one can go on a grand vacation to get away from their troubles for most Americans, Hawaii seems like an exotic destination. Unfortunately for the operators of sweepstakes cafes, the state has decided that it’s not really a spot where they are going to be able to conceal.
A huge selection of charges have actually been filed against the owners and operators of sweepstakes machines in a bust that is major Hawaii. A grand jury has came back an indictment that included 414 counts against three establishment owners and six additional employees, including criminal charges of money laundering and promoting gambling.
Thus far, seven of this nine individuals charged have been arrested. The 2 people that are remaining Mike Miller and Mike Madali, are currently in the mainland United States. Officials say they will be arrested on their return to Hawaii.
Whilst the arrests and charges were sweeping, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has caused it to be clear that their research is far from over.
‘Those who have it in their establishments, it would be a good idea to eliminate them because after them,’ said HPD Major Jerry Inouye if they don’t, the HPD will be coming.
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