W.Va. restaurateur pleads guilty in gambling case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Logan County restaurant owner has pleaded guilty to laundering cash proceeds from an illegal gambling operation.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 51-year-old Gregory A. Dotson of Chapmanville entered the plea Thursday. Dotson faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 11.

Dotson owns Giovani's of Logan in West Logan. Prosecutors say he also operated an illegal poker machine parlor in the back of a tobacco store in South Williamson, Ky.

Dotson paid out gambling winnings to patrons, even though poker machine payouts are illegal in Kentucky, and mixed proceeds from the gambling operation and the restaurant. He also took nearly $12,000 from the gambling operation to Bristol, Tenn., to buy a sports car.

IRS agents raided the gambling parlor and seized 80 machines.

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