State wins forfeiture case against sweepstakes owner Pat Ahumada Jr.
POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:03pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A state district judge ruled in favor of the State on Wednesday, August 14th denying the owner of a sweepstakes gambling business possession of property seized at a May Operation Bishop raid.
“This is our second forfeiture win against a sweepstakes owner, which further demonstrates that no matter how much technology you use to mask illegal gambling, it remains illegal gambling,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.
Patricio Ahumada Jr., owner of the Brownsville sweepstakes establishment known as Goldmine Internet Café, attempted to argue that his gambling establishment was legal due to the technology utilized. However, Ahumada paid out large cash prizes comparable to an illegal 8-liner establishment.
Of the items seized were: 77 computers monitors, 74 computer modems with hard drives, 11 assorted routers, a cash register, six Gateway computers with attached monitors, miscellaneous property and $2,848.69.
Operation Bishop, the culmination of an 18-month criminal investigation of illegal gambling in Cameron County, raided the Goldmine Internet Cafe after investigators found that the owner was paying cash prizes to patrons greater than $5.