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Note To Self: Don't Sell Slot Machines on eBay

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 9th August 2005 10:18pm
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An investigation stemming from October 2004 led to the arrest of an Indiana man who was selling illegal slot machines over eBay to people in 10 parishes.

Indiana State Police arrested Michael Kimberling, 45, of Hymera, Ind., on a Louisiana warrant on March 29. Kimberling was running a company called Valley Sales and illegally distributing gaming machines into St. Martin, Lafayette, Vermilion, Lafourche, Rapides, St. Tammany, Natchitoches, Ouichita, East Baton Rouge and Jefferson Parishes. Each parish had a warrant out for his arrest for at least one count of illegal distribution of gambling devices, according to Trooper Willie Williams, spokesman for the state police.

State troopers had to get a Governor’s warrant for Kimberling after he refused extradition to Louisiana.

Louisiana law describes an gambling device as any slot machine or any machine with a cash payout device or releases free plays on the machine. These machines are illegal when not inspected and certified by the State’s Gaming Agency, Williams said. The sale and later possession of those devices is just as illegal.

“If you can go onto eBay and buy one of these things, guess what? That’s illegal,” he said.

However, there is nothing under Indiana’s law prohibiting the manufacture, distribution, possession or sale of such devices. Williams was unaware of how many illegal machines were sold to Louisiana residents and businesses, nor if any arrests were made on those purchasers for possession of the illegal gaming machine. Many of the people voluntarily gave up the machine after learning it was illegal, he said.



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