WILLIAMSPORT — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania filed a money laundering charge at federal court in Williamsport against a company from Scranton. Pennsylvania Coin, LLC is accused of illegally operating video gambling games in five counties.
Prosecutors said Pennsylvania Coin maintained illegal gambling devices in 180 businesses in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties.
In 2012, the U.S. Attorney said IRS agents seized 288 illegal gambling devices from those businesses along with $77,000 in cash. The company is accused of taking fees from the owners of the many establishments, then sharing in the proceeds from the illegal gambling.
Prosecutors say the company has agreed to plead guilty, in exchange it will end up paying about $1.4 million in fines.