The Banks County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on gambling charges and sized four lottery gambling machines and over $16,000 in cash.
Sheriff’s office personnel served a search warrant for the premises of The Country Store, located at 2448 Highway 51 South in Lula, where investigators seized the four lottery gambling machines and money.
Banks County investigators began to receive complaints regarding illegal gambling taking place within the business. These complaints led to an extensive investigation which ultimately brought about multiple charges against the three accused.
On Monday afternoon, the following individuals turned themselves into Banks County Detention Center for the noted charges:
•Pinal Manilal Patel, 36, Lawrenceville, keeping a gambling place of business and commercial gambling.
•Cannon Morgan Patel, 32, Commerce, keeping a gambling place of business and commercial gambling.
•Purva Kumar Patel, 28, Commerce, keeping a gambling place of business and commercial gambling.
“The business is licensed to possess the coin-operated gaming machines but during the investigation it was found that winners were being paid out in cash rather than through lottery tickets or store credit,” BCSO spokesman Carissa McFadden stated.