Detectives served a search warrant at the business, which is listed as an internet cafe, just a little over a year after they did the same in May 2018.
LEESBURG — Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office arrested the manager of what they consider an illegal gambling operation Wednesday at Sun Rays at River Plaza on U.S. 441.
The clerk and manager of the business, Vongella Belcher, 51, reportedly told detectives she “thought it was legal now” despite receiving a warning in the past, according to the LCSO arrest affidavit.
Detectives served a search warrant at the business, which is listed as an internet cafe. They conducted a similar search in May 2018. At that time, Belcher was warned that operating a gambling establishment was illegal, but she was not arrested.
On Wednesday, detectives reportedly found 30 gambling machines in the building, both arcade-style games and slot machines, which were linked to one central computer that displayed a jackpot on a television.
The machines were classified as an illegal lottery because, according to investigators, the system generated whether a customer would win or lose money when they opened their account at the counter.
Belcher was charged with keeping a place for gambling, possession of slot machines and operating a lottery. Her bond was set at $6,000.
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