The following individuals have been arrested and charged with Commercial Gambling (felony):
Vijaykumar Parikh, 55, of McDonough
Bharatkumar Patel, 54, of McDonough
Manojkumar Pandit, 53, of Hampton
Rashmikant Morjaria, 65, of McDonough
Nehal Patel, 37, of McDonough
Rita Patel, 55, of McDonough
Original release (December 7, 2017)
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Flint River Drug Task Force, the Flint Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol, and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue executed ten (10) search warrants in Henry County for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.
Search warrants were served at eight (8) business locations and two (2) residential locations. 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.
All of the business locations are 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.
Search warrants were executed at the following business locations:
BP, 2290 Jonesboro Road, McDonough
Raceway, 631 Hwy 138, Stockbridge
BP, 1167 Hwy 20/81, McDonough
BP, 540 Hwy 20/81, McDonough
Chevron, 6105 Hwy 155, Stockbridge
Chevron, 90 Hwy 138, Stockbridge
Shell, 1599 Jonesboro Road, McDonough
Jodeco Grocery, 3200 Jodeco Road, McDonough
Multiple arrests are pending.
More than 75 officers launched the raids in a simultaneous and coordinated fashion.