Bubba Technology Group is found guilty of distributing illegal slot machines to South Carolina gaming companies. An investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in conjunction with several law enforcement and security agencies resulted in the dismantling of this extensive illegal gaming ring. Bubba Technology Group, LLC walked away with a one-year probation and the loss of $367,000 seized by local authorities. A dozen slot machines were also seized as part of the penalty. The South Carolina Attorney General has advised that illegal gambling is a violation of the law in South Carolina. He said that local authorities are working together to track down and dismantle any unlicensed gambling activities.
Company Accused of Selling Illegal Games
Bubba Technology Group, LLC was recently convicted in a South Carolina court. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, the gaming company is accused of illegally offering slot machine games to bettors.
During the trial, Bubba Technology Group, LLC pleaded guilty. U.S. District Judge Donald C. Coggins, sentenced the company to one year of probation and forfeiture of estimated illegal profits. According to the release from the South Carolina District Attorney’s Office, local authorities seized approximately 10 illegal slot machines. The estimated $367,000 in illegal profits will also be returned to state coffers. Local authorities also collected $670,000 in fines from gaming companies affiliated with Bubba Technology Group.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson noted that South Carolina’s federal law prohibits the possession, distribution or operation of illegal games in the state. Alan Wilson said that this law must be strictly enforced.
Local authorities work closely together to stop illegal gambling in the state
The investigation into the illegal activities of Bubba Technology Group is a collaboration between the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville County Drug Enforcement Unit, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Carolina Immigration Enforcement Unit, under the supervision of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
Based on the evidence collected, investigators demonstrated that Bubba Technology Group was the distributor of unlicensed slot machines (Fish Machines) for a number of South Carolina gaming companies. These slot machines allow players to place bets and, if they win, collect their winnings at a bar or store.
During the trial, the special agents in charge of the investigation testified in court. They were Mark Keel (head of SLED) and Ronnie Martinez (head of HIS in North and South Carolina). During their hearings, these agents stated that local authorities are working closely together to detect and punish illegal gambling operators.