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ï»¿Hawaii Latest State to Crack Down on Sweepstakes Parlors
Hawaii: Sweepstakes machines such as for example this one were seized in recent raids by Honolulu police. (Image: KITV.com)
For most Americans, Hawaii seems as an exotic destination, a destination which you could go for a grand vacation to get away from their troubles. Unfortunately for the operators of sweepstakes cafes, the continuing state has decided that it is not really a place where they're going to be able to conceal.
Hundreds of charges have actually been filed against the owners and operators of sweepstakes machines in a major bust in Hawaii. A grand jury has came back an indictment that included 414 counts against three establishment owners and six additional employees, including unlawful fees of money laundering and promoting gambling.
Thus far, seven for the nine people charged have now 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 go back to Hawaii.
Although the arrests and charges were sweeping, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has made it clear that their investigation is far from over.
'Those who possess it in their establishments, it would be smart to remove them because when they never, the HPD will be coming after them,' stated HPD significant Jerry Inouye.
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