State agents seized cash and collected evidence at two stores in Villa Rica as part of an investigation into alleged illegal cash payouts from coin-operated amusement machines Thursday, a city press release stated.
The seizures came after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Commercial Gambling Unit and the Villa Rica Police Department executed a search warrant for alleged violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.
The release stated that after a "lengthy" investigation, a search warrant was executed at the Chevron Fueling Center at 1217 Rockmart Road and the Shell Fueling Station at 157 Commerce Drive in the city, which straddles the line between Douglas and Carroll counties.
"While searching the locations, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines," the release stated.
The location is licensed to operate coin-operated amusement machines. However, during the course of the investigation, agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits, the release stated. State law only allows credits to be redeemed for lottery tickets or store merchandise.
Multiple arrests are pending, the release stated.