Liberty Township Store-Owner Charged with Gambling and Drugs Related Felonies
Robert E. Steinhall, a Liberty Township store owner has been hit with five felony charges after Indiana Gaming Commission officials conducted a raid of his business. Steinhall will have to face charges of racketeering, or as is it officially known, corrupt business influence, which could lead to a standard four year sentence.
In addition, he will also have to face four Class D felonies including fraud, the promotion of professional gambling and drug dealing.
Each Class D felony can result in a further 18-month sentence being added to Steinhall’s possible time in prison.
Kim Williamson, a gaming control officer at Indiana Gaming Commission explained that they started investigating Steinhall’s store after receiving a customer complaint in early 2013.
When the commission officials raided the Bargain Bin they discovered two pull-tab machines as well as a stand-up machine allowing customers to purchase “Colts” pull-tabs.
Williamson commented: “Illegal sales of pull-tabs can constitute professional gambling and promoting professional gambling. Generally, businesses that illegally operate a pull-tab machine … sell the illegal games to persons in an effort to make a profit.”
Gambling-related crimes were not the only activities that the commission discovered. In August 2013 officials also found illegal substances in the form of “designer drugs”. These drugs are specifically designed to reproduce the effects of more commonly known substances such as methamphetamine or marijuana.