“We believe the Ohio Investigative Unit did a great job and we could not have asked for a better investigative response,” Richardson said.
Illegal gambling is not the victimless crime nor minor violation that some people may believe it is, because it tends to introduce other crimes and criminal elements to an area, he said.
“It has real and direct impacts on quality of life and safety issues for the nearby residents and workers,” Richardson said. “In some large scale operations, illegal gambling is used as a mechanism to fund other illegal operations like the trafficking of humans, drugs and illegal weapons. Large scale operations also may involve money laundering and other financial crimes.”
Five citations were issued against the holder of the market’s liquor permit, Johnson said. Summonses to appear on gambling-related violations are expected to be filed soon in Kettering Municipal Court with criminal charges anticipated to follow, he said.
K&R Supermarket did not reply to requests for comment.