Hawaii: Sweepstakes machines such as for example this one have already been seized in recent raids by Honolulu police. (Image: KITV.com)
For most Americans, Hawaii seems like an exotic destination, a spot where one can go for a grand vacation to get off their troubles. Unfortunately for the operators of sweepstakes cafes, the continuing state has decided it's not really a spot where they're going to be able to conceal.
Hundreds of charges have been filed against the owners and operators of sweepstakes machines in a bust that is major Hawaii. A grand jury has came back an indictment that included 414 counts against three establishment owners and six additional employees, including criminal costs of money laundering and promoting gambling.
So far, seven regarding the nine people charged are arrested. The 2 remaining people, Mike Miller and Mike Madali, are in the mainland united states of america. Officials say they will be arrested on their come back to Hawaii.
Although the arrests and charges were sweeping, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has managed to get clear that their investigation is far from over.
'Those who have it in their establishments, it would be wise to eliminate them because when they don't, the HPD will be coming after them,' said HPD Major Jerry Inouye.
Federal Judge Declares Machines Illegal
The move comes after federal judge Leslie Kobayashi granted the town of Honolulu's motion for summary ju