Grand jury indicts nine in internet casino investigation

12:35 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Nine individuals and four businesses were named in a 60-count indictment by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.

Thursday's indictments were followed by a third round of search warrants at two internet casino locations in Cuyahoga County -- Internet Island, 901 Harvard Avenue in Cuyahoga Heights and Cyber Space Internet Café, 5130 Warrensville Center Road, in Maple Heights.

Indictments include:

  • Gary Tritsarolis, 50, Debra Tritsarolis, 46, and Dennis Tritsarolis, 54, all of Cuyahoga Heights;
  • Gaby Hasrouni, 42 of Stow;
  • George Hasrouni, 44, of Willoughby Hills.
  • Phillip Cornick, 50, Jackson, N.J.;

All have been indicted on multiple charges of felonious money laundering and possession of criminal tools, as well as misdemeanor gambling.

Christos Karasarides, Jr., 46 of Canton was indicted on felonious gambling and criminal tools, while Richard Upchurch, 59 of Ramseur, N.C. was indicted on felonious gambling.

In addition, Michael Koty, 50, Bloomsbury, N.J. was indicted on felony money laundering charges.

VS2 World Wide Communication, Tritsrolis Investment; Jim Katt, LLC., and Harouni Investment, Inc. were also indicted.

Arrest warrants were also served for Gary Tritsarolis, Debra Tritsarolis and Dennis Tritsarolis.

Last month and in January 2012, search warrants were conducted at various locations. Those search warrants have resulted in previous indictments on 17 individuals and eight businesses.

Six individuals and two businesses have been convicted. To report illegal internet casinos, contact the Ohio Investigative Unit on your cell phone at #677.

The indictments and the search warrants are a result of a long-term investigation between the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, the United States Postal Inspectors, U.S. Secret Service and Parma Heights Police Department. The search warrants were conducted at .

The above agencies, as well as the Maple Heights Police Department, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshall's took part in the search warrants.


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