Three business owners arrested after 35 video poker machines seized

May 2, 2014 

Three Orangeburg County business owners were arrested on Friday, charged with operating video poker machines.

Thirty-five Pot-O-Gold and Crazy Bugs poker machines were found at Tommy’s Crossroads Lounge in Orangeburg and Oasis Lounge and Fantasy Lane in Santee.

The three men arrested were John Herbert Mauldin, 41, of Vance; Dennis Wilbert Knauer, 69, of Santee; and Thomas D. Smoak, 66, or Cordova. They were each charged with unlawful possession or operation of a slot, video, vending machine or gambling device by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Nearly $6,000 cash was located inside the machines before they were removed from the businesses, according to a press release.

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