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Gambling Operators Sentenced

September 21, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Jammy Miller, age 45, of Darlington, SC, and Jeffrey Blanton, age 50, of Hamlet, North Carolina, were sentenced this week in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for operated an illegal gambling business, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1955. United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence, after granting the government’s motion to reduce his sentence due to his cooperation in the prosecution of others, sentenced Miller to a reduced sentence of 30 days incarceration, five months of home detention and 3 years supervised release. Blanton was sentenced to 30 days incarceration, five months of home detention and two years supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that in February 2011, Darlington County Sheriff’s Office contacted the United States Secret Service regarding an illegal gambling operation being conducted at Jammy Miller’s residence in Darlington, South Carolina.

Darlington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on January 22, 2011, at Miller’s residence seizing approximately $185,000, four vehicles, gambling paraphernalia, Miller’s personal computer and cell phone, and approximately nine gambling ledgers that detailed $3m in gross wagers over a eleven month period.

During the search, approximately 25 people were arrested for 16-19-40 (unlawful betting and gambling). Several were from North Carolina.

During the investigation, Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and USSS interviewed the above referenced suspects who gave detailed accounts of Miller’s gambling operation.

Part of Miller’s plea agreement was that he agreed to forfeit: more than $221,000.00, a 1999 Chevy Silverado truck, a 2000 Dodge Ram Truck, a 2001 Chevy Corvette, a 2005 BMW LI745, and two computers.

Blanton was operating an illegal gambling operation in Hamlet, North Carolina, and assisted Miller by sending some of his North Carolina customers to Miller’s gambling business. Blanton also took some of his card dealers to Miller’s business to assist in operating Miller’s card games.

The case was investigated by Darlington County Sheriffs Office and agents of the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office handled the case.        

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