Luther Strange celebrates court ruling favoring state in electronic bingo forfeiture case

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Attorney General Luther Strange is praising a ruling Monday by the Greene County Circuit Court in controversial seizures by the state of electronic bingo machines in 2014.

The court sided with the State of Alabama in the case regarding Frontier Bingo of Knoxville.

In March 2014, Alabama law enforcement officers raided several casinos in Greene County, seizing cash and more than 1,000 illegal bingo machines. The raids, and subsequent ending of bingo operations, were “extremely detrimental to the quality of life” in the region, according to some community leaders.

“I am pleased with the ruling of the Greene County Circuit Court granting the State of Alabama’s Petition for Forfeiture and Condemnation of $191,249.11 in currency and illegal gambling machines seized from Frontier Bingo in 2014,” Strange said in a statement “This a significant victory for the rule of law in Greene County.

Strange said funds seized from illegal operations at Frontier Bingo would be transferred to the state’s general fund; gambling machines seized will be destroyed.

“Electronic bingo is unlawful within the State of Alabama and today’s ruling is further evidence that the law is being enforced,” he added.

Strange also thanked Assistant Attorneys General John Kachelman and Bill Lisenby of the Criminal Trials Division and special agents of the attorney general’s Investigations Division for their work on the case, including executing the search warrants which led to the seizure and the successful prosecution of Frontier Bingo.

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