On Wednesday, authorities raided Bonus Spins, a Liberty business accused of operating an illegal casino.
After receiving multiple complaints from community members, the Liberty Police Department and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division opened an investigation into the business, located at 218 North Greensboro Street.
Bonus Spins was previously raided in fall 2020 as part of a two-day investigation into illegal gambling in Randolph County. At that time, Luv Alkesh Amin, 22, of Asheboro was arrested and accused of operating gambling machines at the business.
During the January investigation, undercover ALE agents saw that winners were given cash, which is a violation of state gambling laws, according to a press release from the Liberty Police Department. In North Carolina, it’s illegal to give players cash or a cash equivalent for a game of chance or skill.
During the raid, authorities seized multiple illegal gaming boards, a firearm, money and other documents, police said.
The investigation is ongoing, and felony charges are expected next week. Police identified the owner as Jonathan Lyle Rickman of Tennessee.
Chris Poole, the special agent in charge of ALE’s gaming section, said laws against gambling are meant to protect consumers, as the business model for these machines is that people will lose more money than they win.
“These illegal gaming machines have been widely described as the ‘crack cocaine’ of illegal gambling because of the detrimental financial and emotional effects toll they have had on so many families,” Poole said.
— Breaking news reporter Rachel Berry can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @racheldberry.