The Racine Police Department seized six video gambling machines from the Marathon Gas Station at 3024 Rapids Drive. Owner Amarjit Singh was also given six citations for $460.50 each.
Video gambling machines are allowed in establishments with Class B liquor licenses, which are typically given to bars and restaurants. Several convenience stores and gas stations in the city, which typically have Class A liquor licenses to sell pre-packaged alcohol, were running video gambling machines in violation of state law.
The city sent out a letter in December warning the Class A license holders they would seize video gambling machines if they continue to operate them after Jan. 1.
Here's the press release put out today by the Racine Police Department on the seized machines:
The Racine Police Department has responded to numerous complaints in reference to the use of illegal video gambling machines within the city. Video gambling machines are legal to possess in certain Class “B” alcohol establishments; however, they are not allowed on the premise of Class“A” alcohol establishments (typically gas stations and convenience stores). Neither Class “A” nor Class “B” establishments are allowed to “pay out” any proceeds from the use of a video gambling machine.
In November 2008, the Racine County District Attorney and the Racine City Attorney sent a joint letter to all Class “A” license holders advising them that they cannot posses video games that can be used as gambling devises. Racine City Attorney Rob Weber sent a follow-up letter dated December 17, 2009 to all Class “A” establishments in the city reemphasizing that the video gambling machines are illegal. This letter recommended that all of these illegal machines should be pulled from the business by the end of 2009 or consequences could occur.
The Racine Police Department then followed up on complaints about possible illegal gaming devices in several Class “A” establishments. The operators of these businesses were advised to remove the machines or they would be subject to a citation and seizure of the illegal machines.
Compliance was obtained from most businesses that we addressed.
On 3-10-2010 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Racine Police Department seized six gaming machines from the Marathon Gas Station at 3024 Rapids Drive for their failure to remove them as requested. In addition, six Municipal Citations for “Gambling Operation” were issued to the license holder (Amarjit Singh D.O.B. - 9-15-63). Each citation has a quoted forfeiture of $460.50.