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Canton Gambling Business Co-Owner Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

CLEVELAND  – A Canton woman was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS in connection with her ownership and operation of illegal gambling businesses in the Canton, Ohio area. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2009 through 2018, Rebecca Kachner, along with other co-conspirators, owned and operated two illegal gambling businesses in the Canton area, namely Skilled Shamrock and Redemption. 

As part of the guilty plea, Kachner admitted to conspiring with the other owners to defraud the IRS by filing false tax returns that omitted cash income she received from the operation of the illegal gambling businesses.  Kachner also admitted to attempting to hide substantial portions of her unreported cash income.  Court documents say that in January 2018, Kachner rented a locker at a local YMCA and stored $241,266 of her illegal gambling proceeds.  Law enforcement authorities seized that currency during the investigation.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Nugent ordered Kachner to forfeit the $241,266 recovered from the locker and to pay $1,184,668.37 in restitution to the IRS for individual income taxes and interest owed between tax years 2012 and 2017.

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation (CI), U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the Ohio Casino Control Commission.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and an Investigator from the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office provided substantial assistance in the investigation. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Patton, David Toepfer, and Aaron Howell of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, along with Trial Attorneys Richard Rolwing and Sam Bean of the Department of Justice Tax Division.


Daniel Ball 

Updated February 16, 2023