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More gambling/money laundering indictments vs. Ohio's internet cafes
Ohio's lawmakers say they plan to shut the operations down, but storefronts deny they're gambling establishments
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted nine people and four internet cafes, accusing them of 60 counts of money laundering, illegal gambling and possession of criminal tools.

The indictments came in the midst of a series of raids conducted by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Acting on a state appeals court decision, they argue that the storefronts with rows of internet terminals are illegal casinos.  

The people indicted are:

  • Gary Tritsarolis, 50, Cuyahoga Heights
  • Debra Tritsarolis, 46, Cuyahoga Heights
  • Dennis Tritsarolis, 54, Cuyahoga Heights
  • Phillip Cornick, 50, Jackson, N.J.
  • Gaby Hasrouni, 42, Stow
  • George Hasrouni, 44, Willoughby Hills
  • Christos Karasarides, Jr., 46, Canton
  • Richard Upchurch, 59, Ramseur, N.C.
  • Michael Koty, 50, Bloomsbury, N.J. 
  • The indicted businesses are  VS2 World Wide Communication, Tritsrolis Investment; Jim Katt, LLC., and Harouni  Investment.

    Following earlier raids, Ohio charged 17 people and eight businesses.

     

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