Villa Rica, GA. – On Thursday, September 29, 2016, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Villa Rica Police Department executed a search warrant in the city of Villa Rica in Carroll County.  The warrant, executed in conjunction with the Georgia Lottery Corporation, was for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.

After a lengthy investigation, a search warrant was executed at two business locations, the “Chevron” Fueling Center located at 1217 Rockmart Road and the “Shell” Fueling Station located at 157 Commerce Drive.  While searching the locations, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines.

The location is currently licensed to operate Coin Operated Amusement Machines.  However, during the course of the investigation, agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits.  In Georgia, credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise.

The following have been charged with felony Commercial Gambling:

Alan Walsh, 51 of Villa Rica

Vikram Manihani, 38 of Dallas

Christine Alexander, 27 of Villa Rica

Kathryn Fortney, 42 of Bremen

Tammie Bell, 57 of Tallapoosa

Amar "Ricky" Raza, 40 of Villa Rica

Contact Information:

SAC Cindy Ledford or ASAC Ron Braxley - 404/270-8491