- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Logan County restaurant owner has been charged with laundering cash proceeds from an illegal gambling operation.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin filed charges Tuesday against 51-year-old Gregory A. Dotson of Chapmanville. Dotson owners Giovani’s of Logan in West Logan.

Goodwin says since May 2008, Dotson operated an illegal poker machine parlor in the back of a tobacco store in South Williamson, Ky.

Goodwin says Dotson routinely paid out gambling winnings to patrons, even though poker machines payouts are illegal in Kentucky. Dotson retrieved the proceeds from the operations and brought the cash to his office in West Logan.

IRS agents raided the gambling parlor and seized 40 machines in operation and another 40 machines in storage.

Dotson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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