By: Laura-Jane Hatcher & Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
Eight people have been arrested in-connection with last week’s illegal gambling raid in Floyd County.
At 5:45 in the morning Tuesday, Floyd County Sherriff’s Deputies and Police served warrants on eight people who were associated with the seven service stations raided by authorities last Monday, says Deputy Jerry Duke.
“We are looking for ten people. We attempted nine warrants. Of those nine, we were about to make arrests in eight of them. Each person is facing multiple charges,” Duke says. “Charges range from keeping a place of gambling, possession of a gambling device and commercial gambling. All total of the warrants that were served on eight different people, we had 29 warrants that were served.”
According to those warrants, the service stations had a “back room” for gambling with a sophisticated networking set-up that would print a winnings voucher for clerks.
One individual was also found to be paying out prizes with Georgia Lottery tickets and tobacco products.
A nine-month investigation into citizen complaints that the convenience stores’ were paying out cash prizes to video gambling winners led to the March 25th sting. Video gambling machines are legal in Georgia, but cash pay-outs are not.
So far, only six names have been released with the gas stations they represent:
Nizarali Bhamani, age 57 ---- 839 Park Ave. Lindale
Ejaz Ahmad, age 44, ---- 1928 Shorter Ave.
Akash Patel, age 28 ----- 1810 Redmond Cir.
Akbarali Rajwani, age 54 ---- 2039 Maple Ave.
Muhammed Waseem, age 47--- 3510 Martha Berry Hwy.
Mumtaz Hussain, age 43---- 1928 Shorter Ave.
Abdulkader Ahmedhusain Malik