Some charged in gaming probe question city's actions

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

Though he doesn’t represent Patel, Chesnutt said that Patel paid a $500 license fee to the city just four days before the search warrants were executed shows unfairness on the part of Havelock.

“They took a $500 licensing fee on Oct. 13, which is four days before they went in there and raided his place,” Chesnutt said. “Judge Nobles signed a search warrant on Oct. 17. Four days after they took his money, the offense was committed. They took the money on Oct. 13. They said it was an offense on Oct. 17.”

Chesnutt questioned how the city could take money and issue licenses if police thought the machines were illegal.

“I wouldn’t have thought that the city would have taken the money if they thought they were getting fees for something that was illegal,” Chesnutt said. “They got the money and four days later they raided them.”

As for Bergman, Chesnutt said that had she known the machine she was operating was illegal, she would have corrected the issue.

“I know she’s law abiding,” Chesnutt said. “She runs her business in a law-abiding way, so if she had had the opportunity she would have attempted to avoid any prosecution. She would never attempt to violate the law intentionally.”

Havelock collected $32,500 in gaming license fees in the last fiscal year, according to the city.

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