2007-12-26 / Front Page

Commercial Gambling charged local business

by MCL Staff Writer

Investigator Rick Morgan and Chief Scott Worsley load one of the three gambling machines found at Ron-Cam Convenience Store. Investigator Rick Morgan and Chief Scott Worsley load one of the three gambling machines found at Ron-Cam Convenience Store. Tuesday, December 18, was the end of a gambling case that was initiated on Tuesday, December 11 by the Colquitt Police Department.

There had been reports that commercial gambling was going on at Ron Cam convenience store at 701 N. Fourth Street.

During the investigation, it was found that Rajeshkumar M. Patel, the store owner, was paying cash to winners of the video poker machines. This is in violation of Georgia laws 16-12-22 (commercial gambling) and 1212-23 (operating a gambling place).

On the evening of Tuesday, December 18, Colquitt Police Chief Scott Worsley, Investigator Richard Morgan, Sgt Ken Kirkland and Corp. Lonnie Wade executed a search Warrant on the Ron Cam store, and operator Rajeshkumar M. Patel. The search warrant revealed several marked bills and voucher tickets used in the investigation.

The Colquitt PD, seized three video-poker gaming machines and illegal funds from the store. Rajeshkumar M. Patel was arrested on the scene for operating a gambling place and commercial gambling.

He was taken to the Miller County Jail for booking and was later released with a cash bond.

Other charges and seizures may be pending as the investigation continues.

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