Marion owner of Frosty Mug bar faces gambling charges

A Marion bar owner faces criminal charges for alleged gambling in his bar.

James R. Frank II, 47, the owner of the Frosty Mug on South Prospect Street, was indicted last month on one count of gambling and two counts of operating a gambling house, all fifth-degree felonies, in Marion County Common Pleas Court.

The charges were leveled after agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit said they received cash payouts as a prize after playing video slot machines at the Frosty Mug in February and March, said Eric Wolf, enforcement commander with the Ohio Investigative Unit, which investigates possible illegal activity in bars, restaurants and other places with liquor permits.

Wolf said that bars are not allowed to pay out cash, as opposed to tickets or tokens, as a prize from gaming machines.

Two machines were seized as a result of the investigation, the commander told the Star.

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