Charges brought in illegal sweepstakes case


By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com



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KING — The King Police Department arrested seven people last week in conjunction with an ongoing investigation into illegal sweepstakes and gambling operations within the city, according to a release from Chief Paula May.

• John Rex Mathis III, 42, of Jefferson Oaks Drive, Rural Hall, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. He signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. He is employed at Pilot Business Center at Five Forks Drive in King.

• Todd Dennis Marinan, 47, of Shoals Road, Pinnacle, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. He signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. He is employed at Pilot Business Center at Five Forks Drive in King.

• Carolyn Shoaf Baker, 66, of Finwick Drive, Pfafftown, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. She signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. She is the owner and operator of King Video and Tanning.

• Richard Anthony Ronquillo, 36, of Konnoak View Drive, Winston-Salem, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. He signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. He is employed at EZ Win Sweepstakes in King.

• Hong Mei Zhou, 52, of Old Vineyard Road, Winston-Salem, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. She signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. She is employed at EZ Win Sweepstakes in King.

• Nanette Wood Patterson, 57, of Pilot Westfield Road, Pilot Mountain, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. She signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. She is employed at the Vape and Play House in King.

• Carlton Gary Ray, 45, of Shoals Road, East Bend, was charged with felony operating of video gaming machine. He signed a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 9. He is employed at the Vape and Play House in King.

The King Police Department raided four “sweepstakes” businesses seizing 172 gambling machines and over $40,000 in cash on May 21.

May said the King Police Department, in conjunction with the Mount Airy Police Department executed search warrants at EZ-Win Sweepstakes, located at the Colony Shopping Center, King Video and Tanning, located at the Colony Shopping Center, Vape and Play, located at the King Shopping Center, and Pilot Business Center, located at Subway Plaza on Five Forks Drive.

“These business owners/operators should have been well aware that their activities constituted felonies,” said May, citing several state statutes. “Yet they continued to operate with apparent blatant disregard for state law and the best interests of our community.”

She said patrons in the businesses were identified and released pending further investigation.

“An increasing number of ‘customers’ from King and other areas who frequented these businesses and engaged in illegal gambling could potentially face criminal charges as well, in addition to the owners and operators of these illegal businesses, pending the results of the on-going investigation,” said May.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

Mathis
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Marinan
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Baker
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Ronquillo
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Zhou
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Patterson
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Ray
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By Nicholas Elmes

nelmes@civitasmedia.com

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