Police Search Bars, Bingo Parlors In Gambling Investigation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers searched bars and bingo parlors Monday as part of a multi-county investigation into illegal gambling operations, the Ohio attorney general's office said.

The searches were part of an investigation into instant bingo operations in which an undisclosed amount of money meant for charities was allegedly being diverted, said Joe Case, spokesman for Attorney General Betty Montgomery

"Very little money is making it to the charity," Case said. He said the type of gambling varies but generally involves bingo cards with pull-off tabs.

Officers served search warrants Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Portage, Stark and Summit counties. At least 300 officers were involved, Case said.

Police in Cuyahoga County raided 25 bars and bingo parlors, said Kim Kowalski, spokeswoman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William Mason.

Montgomery planned a news conference Tuesday in Richfield at the state's Northeast Forensick Laboratory and Training Center.

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