Indiana BINGO and Organized Crime

Indiana BINGO and Organized Crime

Posted in the Indianapolis Forum

Tim Motsinger

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jun 22, 2012
Published September 15, 2011

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.-- A group of five Indiana residents have been charged in a $1 million charity bingo scam.

The suspects -- four men and one woman -- ran bingo games that were supposed to be for charity at American Legion Post 330 in New Haven, but investigators believe they skimmed between $988,000 and $1,040,000 from the games over the past five years, the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reported Thursday.

Lana Brooks, 55, who allegedly managed the bingo games, and her husband Kenneth Brooks, 64, who was post trustee, face various felony charges including theft and unlawful charity gaming contracting.

Another alleged bingo manager, Steven Bouse, 60, and finance officers linked to the post, James Schultz, 68, and 67-year-old John Gahan, face similar charges.

Each Monday, the group's finance committee would meet to distribute $2,000 in cash between Bouse and Lana Brooks, Gahan told investigators with the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Investigators intercepted one of these deliveries and Lana Brooks admitted during questioning that she was paid "to run Bingo" and that receiving payments to do so was illegal.

She told investigators that Schultz had authorized the payments to her and Bouse and that Gahan had established the system of weekly $1,000 payments.

Post attorney Randy Fisher said that the post remains open but there has been no charity gaming since July.

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Tim Motsinger

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jun 22, 2012
If an organization non registered as “non-profit” fails to register their raffle with the local sheriff, that group risks paying up to $10,000 in fines and spending five years in jail.
Tim Motsinger

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jun 22, 2012
A reviewof problem gambling in forensic populations suggests that one third of criminal offenders
meet criteria for problem or pathological gambling. This is the highest rate yet found in any
population. Approximately 50% of crime by incarcerated problem and pathological gamblers is
reportedly committed to support gambling. The prevalence of gambling within correctional
facilities (40%) appears lower than in the general population. However, inmates who do gamble
tend to do so regularly, and problem and pathological gamblers are disproportionately represented
among this group. Inmate screening for problem gambling and provision of specialized
treatment are currently lacking in most correctional facilities. In addition to more screening and
treatment, there needs to be greater vigilance in detecting gambling and enforcing its prohibition.
Keywords: gambling; prisons; forensic; problem gambling
The past 20 years have seen a wide expansion in the availability
and acceptability of legalized gambling. As a consequence, more
people are participating in gambling and more people are developing
gambling-related problems. Past year prevalence rates for problem
and pathological gambling ranges from 0.5% to 4.0% depending on
AUTHOR NOTE: Please address correspondence to Dr. Robert J.Williams, School
of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4, Canada.
E-mail: [email protected]
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 32 No. 6, December 2005 665-689
DOI: 10.1177/0093854805279947
© 2005 American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology
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Tim Motsinger

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jun 22, 2012
A grand jury investigation into several local bingo operations widened Friday morning as police raided a parlor on the city's southeast side.

Police seized gaming equipment, business records, receipts and about $18,000 in cash from Southside Bingo, located at the corner of Raymond Road and Sherman Drive.

Watch the RTV6 story.
Friday's search was part of a five-month probe in which investigators accuse several bingo parlor operators of failing to forward full profits to charities, as they are obliged to do under law. The operators also are accused of failing to pay state sales taxes.

Investigators say that millions of dollars meant for charities were withheld by operators of at least four bingo parlors. The Marion County grand jury in charge of the case has investigated more than two dozen people.

Southside Bingo's operator, Martin Ridley, said that his operation "has been run clean."

"As far as I was concerned, whatever happens anyplace else, I have nothing to do with," Ridley said. "Here, I know what we were doing, and it's clean."

Police also searched Ridley's downtown apartment, garage and vehicle.

No criminal charges have been filed against any of the people investigated. Investigators told RTV6 that the first criminal charges could be filed within the next two weeks.

Court documents said that one of the other parlors being investigated, Westlane Bingo in northwest Indianapolis, grossed $8,031,482 from 1998 through 2000, and gave $32,643 to its charity, the Forest Manor Multi-Service Center. The parlor reported expenses of $7,998,839.

Investigators said that one of the parlor's principals, Indianapolis police Officer Jonathan Wilson, earned as much as $750 a week running games. Investigators said that Wilson sold tickets while on duty, and accepted $6,000 from other bingo principals to hire a laywer when the investigation began.
Tim Motsinger

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jun 22, 2012
Marion County grand jury and the Indiana Department of Revenue have opened investigations into the operations of the Westlane Bingo Parlor.

The bingo parlor is managed by the Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, a non-profit neighborhood social service center.

Investigators want to figure out if the center received a full share of bingo revenues, and if not, why not.

The state fire marshal's office closed the parlor late Saturday night, under the allegations of numerous fire safety violations.

Grand jury investigators seized the parlor's cash, business records and computers, as well as two cars.

The investigators also served a search warrant Saturday night at the far west side home of Officer Jonathan Wilson. They claim that he's a principal in the operation. The investigators seized cash and business records from him.

Police confirmed that the internal affairs branch and state revenue agents are investigating Wilson.

He remains on duty as a detective in the family advocacy center.

Wilson told RTV6 News that the investigation was baseless. He said that he does not own a bingo hall, had never owned a bingo hall and that he never would. He described himself as a volunteer and ticket-seller.

The investigators also seized property from an east side storage lot. The property's owner, Raymond Harold Bueche, is also a subject of the investigation and a convicted felon.

Forest Manor officials declined comment.
Tim Motsinger

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jun 22, 2012
ugust 10, 1990|By John O`Brien.

A Gary welfare worker has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and perjury in connection with an illegal bingo business for which a Catholic priest faces trial along with several labor officials and carnival promoters.

Mardell Ehlers, 40, formerly known as Mardell Grandy, acknowledged that she conspired with Monsignor John F. Morales and six others to evade payment of federal taxes from the business, known as ``St. Mark`s/ Nativity Bingo,``

court records disclosed Thursday.

She also admitted giving false testimony about the case to a federal grand jury, her attorney, Robert Lewis, said.

The bingo business, which authorities alleged was supported by organized crime, was operated in Gary`s McBride Hall, headquarters of Local 1014 of the United Steelworkers of America, in the mid-1980s when games of charitable bingo were illegal in Indiana.

A federal indictment in May charged 12 people in the case, including Morales, 56, pastor of churches in Gary and Portage, Ind., which stood to benefit from bingo proceeds.

He has vigorously denied any wrongdoing and insisted that the churches got what was coming to them after payment of game expenses.

Ehlers, a former bingo employee, according to authorities, is free on bond pending sentencing Sept. 21.

Contrary to plea agreements by two other admitted conspirators in the case, she has declined to cooperate or testify in behalf of the government, Lewis said.

Court records show that former Local 1014 treasurer Enrigue Montemayor of Hobart, Ind., and bingo employee Kathleen Rainey of Philadelphia are to be sentenced on their guilty pleas after they testify against nine codefendants. That trial is to begin Jan. 7.
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#7 Jun 22, 2012

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