Mr. Strange, the attorney general of Alabama detained over $283,000, 691 computer terminals, servers and other fragments of machinery used to operate the games from Center Stage Casino located near Dothan. He has requested the judge Larry Anderson of Houston County Circuit in his filing on Thursday to permit him to put the detained money into the state funds and demolish the gambling machines that have been taken into custody during raid because these were running against the rules of law. The amount of money detained was not made public by Mr. Strange on Friday, it could be known only by his comment made following the raid that casinos were making millions of dollars. The operations going on at Center Stage were terminated following the raid, however the bar, restaurant and paper bingo reopened on Friday afternoon.
According to Ernie Hornsby, a legal representative of the operator of casino, Houston Economic Development Association that they have become familiar with the amount of money taken into custody during raid only through the court filing. He added that the cash seized during raid was collected from games, restaurant, and paper bingo operation and bar and that much cash is needed to clear out the winnings of the players. The games played at Center Stage are in accordance with law according to Hornsby and they want a clarification from the AG over disobedience of law. Sony Reagan, the Assistant Attorney General stated that the state will clarify everything- the cash and gambling machines apprehended during raid are unlawful. Anyone concerned about these items may interfere with the case and challenge the court.
During Wednesday’s raid, nobody was taken into custody. In case, any person would have been arrested, he may have to face a criminal charge of owning an unlawful gambling machine. He would have been imprisoned for one year plus charged a fine of $6,000 for this offense. The Legislature is being requested by Mr. Strange to increase the period of imprisonment from 6 to 10 years. This request will be put forward in the form of a bill by Republican Sen. Bryan Taylor in the 2013 session. He has already tried to get related bills passed in 2011 and 2012 sessions as well, but in vain because the antagonists jeopardized that any bill put forward by the GOP majority will be interfered by them.
In July 2011, Center Stage opened in the old Country Crossing under some other administrator and closed due to attack against illegal gambling by ex-governor Governor Bob Riley. Ronnie Gilley, the developer and two of his lobbyists were held for charge of bribing the law-makers to pass the pro-gambling law in their favor.
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