LIMA — A man charged with operating a gambling house pleaded not guilty Monday.
Ghulam Khan, 45, of Lima, was charged with two counts of gambling and two counts of operating a gambling house after agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit raided his business, D & G Mini Mart, at 6459 Bellefontaine Road, looking for evidence of gambling, according to a statement from the unit, which is part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Each charge is a first-degree misdemeanor and carries up to six months in jail. He is free on bail.
The carryout also will face charges from an administrative standpoint of gambling, acquiring, possessing, controlling or operating a gambling device, game of chance for profit or scheme of chance, operating a gambling house and reckless permitting public gaming, according to the statement.
The administrative case will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission in the future. Possible administrative penalties include fines, suspensions or revocation of a liquor permit, according to the statement.
Agents seized one quarter pusher machine during the raid and $659 in currency, according to the release.
Agent in Charge Shawn Tatter said Khan was operating a quarter pushing machine, which is a machine that a person drops quarters in and a bar pushes toward a bigger pile to try to knock other quarters off a ledge.
“Any machine that pays cash is illegal in Ohio unless it’s at a casino,” Tatter said.
Khan is scheduled to appear at a pretrial hearing in Lima Municipal Court.
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