Topeka, KS - A total of 23 illegal gambling devices seized from six businesses in two counties in Kansas during the past 13 months were destroyed Thursday in compliance with court orders according to Richard Petersen-Klein, Executive Director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
“KRGC enforcement staff have been working closely with police and sheriff’s departments, county and district attorneys’ offices, and other state law enforcement agencies in the investigation of these illegal machines and the prosecution of those who are profiting from their operation,” Petersen-Klein said. “The machines may have a sticker on them that says ‘For Amusement Purposes Only’, but if you put money in the machine with the possibility of getting something of value back as the result of chance, they are illegal gambling devices under Kansas law. The KRGC has the responsibility of coordinating the investigation and seizure of the devices and the prosecution of those who are illegally putting money in their pockets at the expense of hard-working Kansans.”
KRGC agents worked with the Salina Police Department and Saline County Attorney’s office to seize 13 machines from two businesses in Salina; and, the El Dorado Police Department and Butler County Attorney’s office to seize ten machines from four businesses in El Dorado.
Machines that are determined to be illegal under Kansas statute cannot be returned to their owners or the operators of the businesses where they were being played. The machines are destroyed in compliance with statute.
“Illegal gambling is not a victimless crime,” Petersen-Klein said. “We know that people with serious gambling problems and serious personal financial problems are playing these kinds of machines and participating in other kinds of illegal gambling activities. We know that kids are playing these kinds of machines. We recognize that many more of these kinds of machines are still operating throughout the state. Our staff continues to work with local and state law enforcement and prosecutors to identify and prosecute cases related to illegal gambling of any kind in Kansas. We also encourage citizens to contact their local law enforcement or the KRGC if they have information or questions about possible illegal gambling activity throughout the state.”
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