Business Raided in McDonough for Gambling Violations
McDonough, GA (March 28, 2019) – On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the McDonough Police Department and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue, executed a search warrant in McDonough for violations of Georgia’s gambling laws.
A search warrant was executed at one business location in McDonough. The business location was:
- Motorhead’s Bar and Grill, 650 Macon Street, McDonough
During the course of a lengthy investigation, agents discovered the business was operating Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAMS) where customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits. In Georgia, COAMS must be properly licensed by the Georgia Lottery and credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or merchandise available at the location. The business was also operating live, casino-style poker games where undercover agents were able to participate in the games, place bets, and win cash.
While searching the location, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from gambling activity. The owner of the establishment has been charged with Commercial Gambling:
- Traci McDonald, 50, of McDonough
Additional arrests are pending.