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Arrests in Illegal Backroom Gambling Investigation

A Milton man faces charges after officers raided businesses in Guelph and Kitchener involved in illegal gaming.

In January, the Guelph Police Service received information from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission about a supposed convenience store in the west end selling illegal lottery tickets. The business was reportedly associated with a website which offered games with names similar to legitimate OLG lottery games.

Investigation determined the business offered no product for sale but had a back room where users could access lottery games via tablets. A second location in downtown Kitchener was also identified.

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On Wednesday, search warrants were executed at both locations. Several gaming machines, tablets, lottery receipts and other offence-related property were seized.

A 26-year-old Milton man was arrested at the Guelph location and charged under the Criminal Code with keeping a common gaming house and allowing the registering of bets. He will appear in court May 17.

A 20-year-old Waterloo man was initially arrested on the same charges at the Kitchener location, but was released unconditionally after it was determined he had worked at the business less than two days and believed it to be a legitimate convenience store. The investigation is ongoing.

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