The Commission served search warrants on five locations associated with an illegal casino operation. Commission Gaming Agents initiated an investigation after receiving complaints that Choice Cigar & Tobacco, located in Bethel, was operating machines in violation of Ohio law.
OCCC’s investigation subsequently revealed additional businesses in Brown and Clermont Counties owned by the same individual that also paid out cash prizes.
“Illegal casinos prey on vulnerable Ohioans, operate without proper oversight and offer no recourse for consumers,” said Ohio Casino Control Commission Executive Director Matthew Schuler. “The Commission will continue to hold accountable those who disregard Ohio’s gambling laws, and we appreciate the assistance of our law enforcement partners in today’s operation.”
Warrants were served at four Choice Cigar & Tobacco locations along with a residence. Gaming equipment, cash and documents were seized during the multi‐county raid. No arrests were made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities with the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office, Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office, Bethel Police Department, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown Police Department and the Mount Orab Police Department assisted with today’s operation.