Jackson, Miss. A federal grand jury returned an indictment against eight people from Meridian in connection with alleged illegal gambling operations.
The Indictment charges: 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.
The U.S. Attorney's office each faces one count of Conspiracy to Commit a Federal Offense under 18 U.S.C. §371.
All but Dennis Michael Gordon are also charged with
Count 2, operating an illegal gambling business, under 18 U.S.C. §1955.
The maximum penalty for each offense is five years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.00.
The defendants are scheduled to appear for arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Jackson.
According to the indictment, the charges are associated with the operation of illegal gambling businesses from November 2011 through at least May 14, 2013, at the following locations in Meridian: The Snack Shack, located at 1479 Highway 11 & 80; The Sports Connection, which is commonly referred to as “the Log Cabin”, located at 501 46th Avenue; and The New Place, located at 401 23rd Avenue.
Federal investigators allege that the defendants would accept illegal wagers on the outcome of college and professional sporting events, then collect and remove the wagers from these locations and grade the bets based on the outcome of the wagered event to calculate winnings and losses for those persons placing the wagers.
They say the defendants would pay people with winning wagers and keep the remaining funds for their personal use and benefit.
The indictment also says the defendants would possess, own, control, display, operate, and expose for play illegal gambling and gaming devices, such as illegal video poker machines.
The U.S. government intends to seek criminal forfeiture of eight pieces of real property in Meridian associated with the alleged criminal conduct, as well as approximately $125,905.15 in U.S. currency seized from locations.
The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Mississippi Gaming Commission.