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Toledo man indicted for allegedly trying to launder drug profits at casino

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

A Toledo man was indicted on charges that he attempted to for attempting to launder more than $138,000 in drug profits at the Hollywood Casino.

Todd A. Brown, 40, was indicted on 15 counts of concealment money laundering.

According to the indictment:

Brown, on 15 different occasions between March 2016 and June 217, went to the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, where he “fast fed” currency into gaming machines. “Fast feeding” is a practice of taking large sums of cash to casino, inserting the cash into a slot machine, playing the slot machine for a brief period of time, then receiving a cash-out ticket for the unused currency and redeeming the ticket. Fast feeding is often used to make cash obtained from unlawful activity appear to be casino winnings.

Brown took proceeds from drug trafficking and fast-fed the cash to gaming machines at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo. He fast-fed approximately $138,843 at the casino in an effort to launder the money, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigating agency in this case is the United States Secret Service in Toledo, Ohio.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Crawford.       

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



Mike Tobin

Updated August 16, 2019

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