Gaming equipment, cash and documents were seized Wednesday during a multi-county raid in Clermont and Brown counties.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission initiated the investigation after receiving complaints that Choice Cigar & Tobacco in Bethel was operating illegal slot machines, according to spokeswoman Jessica Franks. The investigation identified additional addresses in Brown and Clermont counties owned by the same person that also paid out cash prizes.
According to state officials, warrants were served to:
Choice Cigar & Tobacco, 2234 Bauer Road, Batavia
Choice Cigar & Tobacco, 110 East Plane Street, Bethel
Choice Cigar & Tobacco, 654 East State Street, Georgetown
Choice Cigar & Tobacco, 147 North Point Drive, Mount Orab
Wilson Residence, 3470 Clover Road, Bethel
Because the case remains under investigation, the commission is not identifying the business owner. However, business records show the properties registered to Dwight D. Wilson.