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Chinatown business owner accused of running illegal gambling parlor

Police charged Chinatown business owner 2337 S. Wentworth with running an illegal gambling parlor after officers seized almost $50000 cash

Police charged a Chinatown business owner at 2337 S. Wentworth with running an illegal gambling parlor after officers seized almost $50,000 in cash and 21 amusement devices. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 19, 2012 6:12AM



Police on Wednesday charged a Chinatown business owner who is accused of running an illegal gambling parlor where officers seized almost $50,000 in cash and 21 amusement devices.

Debby Tsao, 56, of the 2900 block of South Archer Avenue, was charged with municipal violation of gambling and misdemeanor gambling, police said. Tsao is the owner of 88 Funcity, 2337 S. Wentworth Ave., according to city records.

Officers with the Vice Section’s License Investigation Team conducted a business license check at 88 Funcity on April 12 after receiving complaints regarding illegal gambling, police said. During the visit, officers found numerous “amusement devices” in plain sight near the back of the store, police said, adding that $10,000 in illegal monies was seized.

Police executed a search warrant for the business on Tuesday and took more than $38,000 in cash from 21 money boxes inside amusement devices, the police release said. Officers also obtained daily payout receipts and player tickets.

Tsao is scheduled to appear in court on June 19.



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