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Three named in Stark County gambling indictment

Beacon Journal staff report

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Three Stark County residents are named in a federal indictment accusing them of running an illegal gambling enterprise in Canton.

Jerry Warren, 70, of Canton, Tracie Warren-Pastore, 45, of North Canton, and Yabacushyanei Bennett, of Canton, are named in the two-count indictment announced Tuesday.

They are charged in U.S. District Court in Cleveland with conspiring to launder money and operating illegal gambling businesses.

In addition to the criminal charges, federal prosecutors are attempting to seize more than $1.3 million and four vehicles: a 2011 Jaguar XJ8, a 2011 Mazda CX-9, a 2008 Land Rover and a 2000 Porsche Boxter.

According to U.S. attorneys, the three worked together in operating illegal gambling businesses, including the Golden Nugget on Whipple Avenue Northwest in Plain Township, from 2008 through May 2013.

The Golden Nugget allowed patrons to use more than 200 slot machines. Prosecutors say the gambling sites produced as much as $2,000 or more per day. The IRS raided the Golden Nugget a year ago.

“This trio ran their own illegal casino in Canton, complete with 200 slot machines,” U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach said. “Now the game is up, and they will be held accountable for their actions.”


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