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New details surface in Steubenville's illegal gambling investigation

Updated: Wednesday, May 28 2014, 06:35 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – New details surfaced Wednesday in an ongoing investigation designed to crack down on illegal gambling in the city of Steubenville.
Despite the stunning seizure of $1.5 million, more questions than answers remain when it comes to the BCI and the Steubenville Police Department’s crackdown on eight bookmaking operations a week and a half ago.
It was learned that prior to the search, warrants were executed, and a judge issued a temporary order freezing certain bank accounts. It was an order that the Attorney General's office allowed to expire Wednesday. And really it was for one specific reason -- that pile of cash.
"We executed the search warrant at Mr. Smith's house and we uncovered $1.5 million that he had in a safe in the house,” Senior Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Kasaris explained. “Other evidence was seized as well."
Smith, the only name thus far made known in this case, is Timothy Smith. Wednesday wasn't a criminal proceeding, so it's still unclear if he will face charges, as is the case for so many others whose names have not been released.
Much of that is because of the fact that state investigators and a judge were concerned that those details would compromise an ongoing investigation.

NEWS9 legal analyst Mike Nogay said those names should come to light soon enough.
"The next step, normally, is that arrest warrants are issued or presented to a grand jury and indictments or not true bills would be returned,” Nogay said. “Because to our knowledge, no criminal charges have been filed."
The owners of each of the eight establishments could face charges, including money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and gambling.
Smith's attorney, Ted Tsoras, would not comment on any accusations made regarding his client.

New details surface in Steubenville's illegal gambling investigation


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