Hawaii: Sweepstakes devices such as this one were seized in current raids by Honolulu police. (Image: KITV.com)
A place where one can go on a grand vacation to get away from their troubles for most Americans, Hawaii seems like an exotic destination. Unfortunately for the operators of sweepstakes cafes, the state has decided it’s not a place where they’re going to have the ability to hide.
A huge selection of charges have been filed against the owners and operators of sweepstakes machines in a bust that is major Hawaii. A grand jury has came back an indictment that included 414 counts against three establishment owners and six additional employees, including unlawful charges of money laundering and gambling that is promoting.
Up to now, seven regarding the nine individuals charged have already been arrested. The 2 people that are remaining Mike Miller and Mike Madali, are in the mainland United States. Officials say they will be arrested on their come back to Hawaii.
While the arrests and charges were sweeping, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has managed to make it clear that their investigation is far from over.
‘Those who possess it in their establishments, it would be a good idea to remove them because after them,’ said HPD Major Jerry Inouye if they don’t, the HPD will be coming.
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