GBI raids suspected gambling locations in Lowndes and Thomas counties
June 10, 2020
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Commercial Gambling Unit executed 20 search warrants in Valdosta and Boston on Wednesday for violations of gambling laws and EBT fraud.
Search warrants were executed at 13 business locations, six residences and one safe deposit box.
The business locations included the following:
The GBI said during the course of a lengthy investigation, agents found businesses operating Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAMS) where customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits.
In Georgia, COAMS must be properly licensed by the Georgia Lottery and credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets or store merchandise, according to the GBI.
In addition, some of the locations were participating in fraudulent activity pertaining to EBT, according to the GBI.
The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Valdosta Police Department, federal partners FBI, IRS, USDA, and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation, assisted in the investigation.