Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, March 30, 2000


322 slot machines and $103,000 in illegal gambling proceeds seized in Corpus Christi

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the seizure of 322 illegal eight liner slot machines and $102,873.97 in illegal gambling proceeds and the arrest of seven illegal eight liner slot machine operators in Nueces County. The machines were seized and arrests made at nine Corpus Christi-area locations: Slots of Luck, Lady Luck Amusement, Lit'l Vegas, Vegas Game Room, Joker's Wild, Spin to Win, Alibi Lounge, Three Cherries and Chances.

"The operation of eight liner slot machines violates the law. My office will work closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the law," said Attorney General Cornyn.

The following Corpus Christi locations had illegal eight liner slot machines seized:

As well, authorities seized $47,218.34 in the bank account of the owner of the slot machines in three of these Corpus Christi locations. At this time, authorities are still counting the illegal proceeds seized from the locations and bank accounts.

Search warrants were served for the seizure of the illegal gambling devices, wagers and prizes starting at 10:30 this morning. Arrest warrants were also served on Slots of Luck operators Les Wayne Brant and Robert Sanchez; Lit'l Vegas operator Daniel Chapa; Vegas Game Room operator James Temple; Alibi Lounge operators Bob Dumas and Georgia Baker; and Chances operator Shirley Holiday.

The owners were arrested for charges ranging from gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place and possession of gambling devices and gambling paraphernalia. These are Class A misdemeanors which carry penalties of up to one year in county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.

The Attorney General's office was assisted by the Corpus Christi Police Department in preparing and executing Thursday's raids.

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