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More than 30 Arrested in Austin Gambling Sting

24 May 2006

AUSTIN, Texas -- As reported by the Houston Chronicle: "Authorities have arrested more than 30 people on gambling charges for their part in an operation that police say netted millions from the illegal use of gambling machines.

"… Police say the ring took in more than $15 million over two years.

"… Fifteen suspects face federal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Among them is Tariq Majeed, who police said was the leader of the operation.

"… A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday said some of the illegal profits were sent from a Bank of America account to Pakistan …

"… Last July, police raided 35 convenience stores throughout Austin and seized $1.8 million in cash, 28 computers, five cars and 733 … eight-liners, which are similar to slot machines …

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