Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Investigators recently seized illegal gambling machines and thousands of dollars at a cafe near Norcross, police said.
Gwinnett police served a search warrant Wednesday at Dai Nam Billiards and Cafe in the 1200 block of Rockbridge Road, where an undercover officer received cash as winnings from electronic gambling machines on 12 different occasions, police said.
Two men from Roswell were arrested at the business -- 68-year-old employee Truc Nguyen and the owner, 42-year-old Khanh Duong. Both have since posted bond.
According to a police report, investigators seized $5,000 from the business.
Georgia law states that gambling machines can be used only for amusement and must involve some level of skill. Machines can reward winners with free replays or merchandise contained within the machine, such as toys or gift certificates, so long as the value does not exceed $5, the law states.
Cash payouts from machines are forbidden.
Nguyen and Duong are charged with commercial gambling, a felony, along with misdemeanor keeping a gambling place and possession of gambling devices.
Duong, the owner, was also cited for selling alcohol without a license, jail records show.