Hawaii: Sweepstakes machines such as for instance this one have been seized in present raids by Honolulu police. (Image: KITV.com)
For most Americans, Hawaii seems like an exotic destination, a destination where one can go on a grand vacation to get off their troubles. Unfortunately for the operators of sweepstakes cafes, the state has decided that it’s not really a place where they are going to be able to hide.
A huge selection of charges have 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 costs of money laundering and promoting gambling.
Up to now, seven of this nine people charged are arrested. The two people that are remaining Mike Miller and Mike Madali, are in the mainland united states of america. Officials say they shall be arrested on their come back to Hawaii.
Even though the arrests and charges were sweeping, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has managed to get clear that their research is far from over.
‘Those who possess it in their establishments, it would be smart to remove them because when they do not, the HPD will be coming after them,’ stated HPD Major Jerry Inouye.
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