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|THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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SIX INDICTED IN EAST TEXAS ILLEGAL GAMBLING ENTERPRISE
Gambling houses in Jefferson and Henderson counties disguised as Internet Cafes
BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 6 individuals have been indicted and charged in connection with their involvement in an illegal gambling operation in the Eastern District of Texas. The following individuals were named in the 8 count indictment returned late yesterday by the grand jury:
PHILLIP DELL CLARK, 55, of Big Springs, Texas
DANIEL PATRICK DAVIS, 42, of Treasure Island, Florida
VIRGINIA SLAUGHTER, 44, of Port Arthur, Texas
AMIRALI "AZIM" SUMAR, 42, of Nederland, Texas
MUKAHTIAR KHUWAJA, 20, of Nederland, Texas
DELORES GAIL RIDENS, 28, of Henderson, Texas
The indictment charges 4 counts of operating an illegal gambling business; 1 count of conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business; and 3 counts of money laundering. If convicted, the defendants could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
According to prosecutors, a joint investigation revealed a multi-million dollar gambling enterprise which operated computerized gambling machines under the guise of internet cafes and e-business centers in Port Arthur, Beaumont, Nederland, and Henderson, Texas. The indictment alleges that from April, 2007 to March, 2009, defendants Clark and Davis owned and operated Dolphin Internet in Port Arthur, and that Davis also operated the Nederland Internet Café in partnership with Sumar and others, and that Clark owned and operated the Double Click in Henderson. Virginia Slaughter is alleged to have been the manager of the Dolphin Internet. Mukhtiar Khuwaja is alleged to have operated the Nederland Café in conjunction with Sumar, and Davis. Delores Gail Ridens is alleged to be a manager of the Double Click in Henderson which Clark is alleged to be the owner and operator. The Dolphin Internet and the Nederland Internet Café were shut down after search warrants were executed and the Beaumont location closed shortly thereafter. The government is also seeking forfeiture of over $4.3 million in gambling proceeds.
This case is being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Port Arthur Police Department, the Nederland Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rusk County District Attorney's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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