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CHARGES FILED IN THREE COUNTIES IN VIDEO GAMBLING MACHINE CASE

CHARGES FILED IN THREE COUNTIES IN VIDEO GAMBLING MACHINE CASE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of five vending companies in three counties -- Cambria, Lycoming and Mifflin -- today were charged with receiving millions of dollars in proceeds from illegal video gambling machines, Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. and State Police Commissioner Col. Glenn A. Walp announced.
 A statewide investigating grand jury had recommended charges against the officials and their companies in a presentment that was announced by Preate and Walp on Oct. 14. Officials at that time said they were preparing criminal complaints to be filed against the suspects.
 The charges allege that the businesses received illegal gambling proceeds from video gambling machines and laundered those profits by commingling them with income from other, legitimate business activities.
 "The presentment dramatically documents the fact that what bar patrons may think of as small-time gambling generates huge profits for the vending machine companies," Preate and Walp said in a joint statement.
 They identified the suspects and the charges against them as follows:
 CAMBRIA COUNTY
 -- Consolidated Vending Co., 512 Chestnut St., Johnstown; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 12 counts of gambling.
 -- Northern Allegheny Amusement Co., 521 E. High St., Ebensburg; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and four counts of gambling.
 -- Phillip Eisenberg, 71, of 2239 Crabtree Lane, Johnstown, owner of Consolidated, who is also associated with Northern Allegheny; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 12 counts of gambling.
 -- Spero Tsikalas, 64, of 521 E. High St., Ebensburg, owner-operator of Northern Allegheny; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and four counts of gambling.
 LYCOMING COUNTY
 -- Miele Inc., 410 E. Third St., Williamsport; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 12 counts of gambling.
 -- L&M Music Co. Inc., which is wholly owned by Miele Inc. and located at the same address; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 12 counts of gambling.
 -- Louis A. Miele Jr., 57, of 220 Selkirr Road, Williamsport, owner of Miele Inc. and L&M Music; one each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 12 counts of gambling.
 MIFFLIN COUNTY
 -- Frank Guerrini Vending Machines Inc., 1211 W. Fourth St., Lewistown; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 14 counts of gambling.
 -- Frank Guerrini, 80, of 912 Electric Ave., Lewistown, an owner of Frank Guerrini Vending; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 14 counts of gambling.
 -- Delmar S. Guerrini, 41, of 10 Twig Lane, Lewistown, an owner of Frank Guerrini Vending; one count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, and 14 counts of gambling.
 The charges against the suspects in Cambria County were filed with Ebensburg District Justice Francis P. Brosius; the charges against the Lycoming County suspects were filed with Williamsport District Justice Allen P. Page III, and the charges against the Mifflin County suspects were filed with Burnham District Justice Barbara A. Clare.
 All of the suspects are expected to surrender today for arraignment, Preate and Walp said.
 They said the probe began in the spring of this year and included undercover investigation by State Police and State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement personnel, the execution of search warrants at all business locations in June and a detailed examination of the seized business records.
 Numerous witnesses, including bartenders and company employees, testified before the grand jury, as did State Police investigators, according to the presentment.
 The cases will be prosecuted in their respective counties by Deputy Attorney General Lawrence N. Claus, who presented the evidence to the grand jury.
 Lycoming County District Attorney Thomas A. Marino, who has been specially sworn in as a deputy attorney general, will serve as co- prosecutor in the Lycoming County case.
 "The investigation remains open and we expect charges against additional vending companies," said Preate and Walp.
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