July 10-- Over two years ago local District Attorney Hayward Altman shut down 29 convenience stores in Toombs and Emanuel counties for video gambling. Last month he did it again and closed down four stores in Candler County and six in Emanuel.
Many of the stores hit in the original raid are out of business today and Altman says those apprehended in the latest raids are facing criminal prosecution.
"They didn't seem to get the message and this time the punishment is going to be a little bit more severe. Warrants were taken and we'll go to the grand jury once we get all the reports in from the law enforcment agencies and they'll be subject to criminal prosecution and we're also filing civil cases, too," the DA reports.
Altman says he's had no further reports he can confirm of video gambling violations in Toombs County but promises to prosecute if he finds evidence.
He says many of the stores hit last month were making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year off the games and one store had made more than a million dollars.