California raids illegal gambling operations at Internet cafes
Agents from the California Attorney General’s Office this week raided Internet cafes and other locations in Stockton and San Diego that illegally operated a variety of machine-style gambling, including video poker.
“These are unregulated and illegal gambling parlors, operating Las Vegas-style games in violation of the law,” said Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Beginning in early June, undercover agents entered establishments in Stockton and San Diego and played various games on computers. The agents purchased cards that allowed them “Internet time” on the café computers. If they won, an on-site employee paid them in cash.
In Stockton, law enforcement agents raided an Internet cafe and a topless bar and seized 98 computer terminals, two computer servers, money machines and business records and more than $4,000 in cash.
In San Diego five locations were raided and 31 video slot machines and approximately $13,000 in cash were seized.
Additional sites in San Diego and Oceanside are under investigation for similar activity, Brown’s office said.