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AGO Dismantles Statewide Gambling Enterprises

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE DISMANTLES STATEWIDE GAMBLING ENTERPRISES

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecutions Section wrapped up a year-long prosecution of two complex gambling organizations. ITM Management, LLC and WC Management, LLC were each convicted of five misdemeanor counts of promoting gambling and five misdemeanor counts of possession of a gambling device. Both fined $10,000.00 and required to remove all machines and gambling devices across the state.

In March of 2017, law enforcement agencies statewide served search warrants and preservation orders on more than 118 businesses from Cache County to Washington County. These warrants were the result of more than a year of investigation by Special Agents of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

“These illicit gambling operations involved and attracted other types of illegal conduct, causing local law enforcement and city attorneys serious concerns. The city prosecutors approached us along with legislators, including Rep. Justin Fawson, Sen. Curtis Bramble, and Rep. Norman Thurston to conduct a statewide investigation. We appreciate working with all of these partners to serve justice,” said Reyes.

Pierre Marcoux of Florida and John Honeycutt of Weber County, Utah, were also convicted of two misdemeanor counts of promoting gambling and one felony count of money laundering, with a plea in abeyance on the latter charge. The Utah Attorney General’s office seized over $900,000.00 in illicit proceeds, setting an important precedent as to some types of machines and video gaming devices that violate Utah’s gaming statutes.

The investigation was spearheaded by Special Agent James Russell of the Utah Attorney General’s Office’s Investigation Division in partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies and divisions, including county and city police, all of whom deserve credit.  Utah Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecutions Section, including Assistant Attorney General Steven Wuthrich, Paralegal Rosie McDonough, and law clerk Katrina Whitmer, expertly handled the forfeiture issues and prosecution.

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NOTES:

  1. You can find related case logs at the following courts:
    Salt Lake City Justice Court: Case No. 171408939 and 171408940.
    Third Judicial District Court: Case No. 171909305 and 171909307.
  2. The list of agencies involved is as follows: Bountiful City PD, Brigham City PD, Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar City PD, Clearfield City PD, Harrisville City PD, Heber City PD, Hurricane City PD, Layton City PD, Lehi City PD, Murray City PD, North Salt Lake City PD, Ogden City PD, Orem City PD, Payson City PD, Pleasant Grove PD, Price City PD, Provo City PD, Roosevelt PD, Roy City PD, St. George PD, Salt Lake City PD, Santaquin City PD, South Jordan City PD, South Ogden City PD, South Salt Lake PD, Spanish Fork City PD, Taylorsville City PD, Washington City PD, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Weber County Sheriff’s Office, West Bountiful City PD, West Jordan City PD, West Valley City PD, and the Unified Police Department.
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