CLEVELAND (AP) — Two weeks after a raid on Cleveland-area Internet cafes, two cafe owners have taken plea agreements that include testifying against others accused of being part of an illegal gambling syndicate.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/10XPpJZ ) reports that the cafe owners pleaded guilty to misdemeanor gambling charges Wednesday. Felony charges, including racketeering, were dropped.
The men — Robert Rogers and Terry Fiala — were ordered to pay $1,000 fines. Rogers told the judge that he didn’t intend to break the law.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine contends the cafes — which offer slots-like computer games — are illegal gambling parlors.
A bill to immediately halt the expansion of Internet cafes statewide cleared the Ohio Senate Wednesday and heads to the House for the vote.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com