Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to complete the forfeiture of $241,266 in illegal gambling proceeds once hidden in a locker at the Louisville YMCA.
The request to U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi came on Friday, a day after a Canton couple pleaded guilty in the case involving the operation of two “games of skill” parlors in Plain Township. .
The couple, as part of their plea agreement, withdrew their objections to the forfeiture during a 45-minute proceeding in the US District Court in Cleveland before US District Judge Donald Nugent.
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Jason Kachner pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion by failing to report on tax returns income from helping to operate two illegal gambling establishments from 2009 to 2018.
His wife, Rebecca Kachner, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in the United States.
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A statement released by the Justice Department says the couple earned about $2.3 million from illegal gambling businesses for about nine years, and they didn’t report all of the income on their tax returns. .
The statement said the couple both face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each count.
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Court filings alleged that Jason Kachner owned and partly operated two illegal gambling businesses: Redemption Skill Games 777 at 2824 Whipple Ave. NW and Skilled Shamrock at 4225 Hills and Dales Road NW. Authorities said the two establishments had a total of 102 slot machines and both operations were illegally handing out cash prizes.
Prosecutors have dropped several charges against the couple. These include the conspiracy to operate the illegal gambling business known as Skilled Shamrock, the operation of the illegal gambling business Skilled Shamrock, the conspiracy to operate the illegal gambling business Redemption, the operation of the illegal gambling company Redemption and the filing of false federal income tax returns.
Federal felony charges, including conspiracy to illegally operate a gambling business, operate an illegal gambling business and defraud the United States, remain pending against their co-defendants Christos Karasarides, Jr. and Ronald DiPietro.