Eight people indicted for allegedly running illegal gambling operations in Meridian pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in federal court in Jackson. Each were
released on an unsecured bond of $10,000 after their arraignment.
Trial is scheduled for Feb. 4 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.
79-year-old William "Bill" Gordon, Sr., 76-year-old Mildred Gordon, 55-year-old William "Wayne" Gordon, Jr., 50-year-old Nellie Miller, 24-year-old Cameron Gordon, 54-year-old Dennis Michael Gordon, 50-year-old Richard McKissack, and 38-year-old Christopher Crawford were indicted for Conspiracy to Commit a Federal Offense. All but Dennis Michael Gordon were also charged with
operating an illegal gambling business.
Federal prosecutors say illegal gambling was taking place in Meridian at The Snack Shack, The Sports Connection, commonly referred to as "the Log Cabin," and The New Place.
Authorities say the defendants took wagers on college and professional sporting events and set up illegal gambling and gambling devices, such as illegal video poker machines.
The government is seeking forfeiture of eight pieces of property and more than $125,000 in cash.