Attorney General Mike DeWine, Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton, and Marysville
Police Chief Floyd Golden announced today a multi-jurisdictional internet café
investigation spanning several Ohio counties.
served search warrants today at the following locations:
Marysville Internet Café, 302 East 5th Street, Marysville
Middletown Sweepstakes Café, 421 South Breiel Boulevard, Middletown
Kenton Internet Café, 977 East Columbus Street, Kenton
Belle Phone Internet Café, 1850 South Main Street, Bellefontaine
Sidney Internet Café, 1524 Michigan Street, Sidney
"We are still in the beginning
stages of what we expect to be a very lengthy investigation," said
Attorney General DeWine. "While it is too early in the investigation
to go into specifics, we do believe the alleged criminal activity at these
locations goes beyond illegal gambling."
investigation began in Marysville last year.
activity at these sweepstakes or internet cafe's has been a concern for some
time," said Chief Golden. "Our investigation began with one
local internet cafe and a skill game establishment, but then grew as it became
obvious this same activity was occurring at multiple businesses across several
need to protect our senior citizens in Union and the other affected counties
from establishments that entice them to participate in alleged illegal
gambling," said Sheriff Jamie Patton.
No arrests were planned as a result of
today's search warrants, however charges could be filed in the future.