Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, October 26, 2000


Odessa businesses pay the price for breaking the law

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced guilty pleas entered in two Odessa eight liner cases. One plea involves the establishment of Bingo Idea, the other involves the Monte Carlo. Both business are in Odessa. The pleas are resulting in the largest cash forfeiture to date by the Attorney General's office, for the operation of eight liner machines. The guilty pleas were entered today in County Court at Law #2 in Ector county.

"The operation of eight liner slot machines is illegal. My office will continue to work closely with local law enforcement to prosecute those who break the law," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Odessa Snack Bar, Inc. the corporation that owned the machines at Bingo Idea, plead guilty to one count of keeping a gambling place, one count possession of a gambling device and one count of gambling promotion. 27 eight liner machines are being forfeited to the state along with 537 gift certificates, totaling $2,685.00. Over $70,000.00 in gambling proceeds are also being forfeited to the state. The 27 eight liner machines will be destroyed. The corporation will also pay $7500 in fines in addition to court costs.

The case involving the Monte Carlo, resulted in a guilty plea from H.O. Akin, the owner of the machines operating in the Monte Carlo. Akin plead guilty to one count of possession of a gambling device and will pay a fine of $1500.00 in addition to court costs. 37 eight liner machines taken from the property will be destroyed and 208 gift certificates totaling over

$1,000 will be forfeited to the state. Over $16,000.00 in gambling proceeds will also be forfeited to the state.

The Attorney General's office was assisted in these cases by the Odessa Police Department and the Ector County Attorney's office. Assistant Attorney General Sherri Tibbe of the Attorney General's Special Crimes Division, handled the cases.

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