Probe Results In Gambling Charges Against Local Family - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Probe Results In Gambling Charges Against Local Family

AKRON, Ohio - A 2-year police investigation into charity "Las Vegas nights" has resulted in dozens of illegal gambling charges being levied against a local family, The Investigator Tom Meyer reported.

Police said that hundreds of thousands of dollars raised at "Las Vegas night" charity fundraisers never went to charity.

One operator told police that he raised $350,000 for an animal advocacy group, but police can't find a single can of dog food that was donated.

Family members were outraged when they were arrested at their homes in Akron. 19/43 News had the only camera rolling to capture the arrests being made.

Parma Police and Summit County sheriff deputies made surprise visits to the homes of Sam Georgakopoulos and his wife Marsha. They also arrested their sons, 23-year-old Michael Georgakopoulos and his older brother Theodore Georgakopoulos.

Police said that the family pocketed most of the profits from "Las Vegas nights" -- money that was supposed to go to charity.

"Some of the charities were not getting the total amounts of money and some of the charities were fictitious," Parma Police spokesman Bill Maurer said. "A lot of the charities that were involved were even unaware that their names were attached to the 'Las Vegas night' itself."

Family members were indicted on more than 100 felony violations of gambling laws, and police aren't through with their investigation.

"Las Vegas night" fundraisers are generating $60,000 a weekend in northeast Ohio. Police are checking to see where all of the money is going.

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