Federal authorities are targetting illegal gambling in Oahu, the third largest island in Hawaii.
US.- Several federal authorities in the US have decided to target illegal gambling in Hawaii. The FBI, along with the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the local Police Department, are working to eradicate illegal operations in Oahu, the third largest island in Hawaii.
The authorities have charged 15 people and seized 60 illegal gambling machines in their most recent operation, West Hawaii Today reported. As part of the operations, they filed a civil lawsuit, two criminal complaints and three indictments.
Around 80 game rooms in commercial and residential areas in Oahu have been identified by the agencies. They charged 12 people with operating game rooms in single-family homes, the officials said according to the news outlet.
“Our goal is to take your property through civil or criminal forfeiture,” US Attorney Kenji Price said. “And if you or anyone else you know happens to get a cut of the proceeds of illegal gambling, we’ll be trying to seize that, too,” he added.
The federal authorities in Hawaii said that they will continue working in order to tackle illegal gambling in the territory.