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State files RICO complaints against three businesses

Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney Chase Studstill recently filed three civil actions, 2024CV030, 2024CV031, and 2024CV032, in Cook County Superior Court against three Adel businesses, Quick Stop 4, Adel Express, and Mega Mart.

The complaints allege that the businesses received proceeds from illegal gambling by customers on electronic gambling machines. The State seeks confiscation of U.S. currency, inventory, equipment, and personal property.

According to the complaints, electronic gambling machines were placed at the businesses so customers could gamble for the chance of winning cash prizes. The stores had Coin Operated Amusement Machines “which resemble slot machines” for that purpose, the State alleges. The suits allege “laundering of funds,” that the proceeds were unlawfully transferred into interstate commerce by means that such transfers were undetected by governmental authorities.

The RICO civil actions were filed Feb. 28, 2024. A Superior Court judge has since appointed a special process server to serve notice of the complaints on the defendants. As of last report, the defendants had not filed responses to the complaints. 

No indictments or arrests have been announced at this point. 

Read the full story in this week’s edition of The Adel News Tribune.

The Adel News’ editorial policy ordinarily is to not identify private individuals under criminal investigation until formal charges have been filed. However, the State has officially identified defendants in formal court filings of civil actions alleging criminal offenses under the RICO Act.

The Adel News will provide updates as more information becomes available from official sources. 

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