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Dededo gameroom raided by federal authorities

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - When she was attorney general of Guam, Alicia Limtiaco spearheaded an investigation into alleged illegal gambling operations locally. Now she's the U.S. Attorney for Guam and the CNMI, and apparently might be widening her probe into this underground operation.

The federal investigation into illegal gambling is growing as more and more establishments are being raided for alleged gambling activity. At least four establishments on Guam have received visits from federal authorities this month in relation to an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling. KUAM News has confirmed that a search warrant was also executed in recent days at Isla Bingo located in the Compadres Mall in Harmon.

The feds executed warrants earlier in the week at the former MGM Spa, Crazy Horse strip club and Paradise Bingo in connection with an ongoing illegal gambling investigation. All four businesses are owned by the Overseas Chinese Association Center, listed with the Department of Revenue & Taxation as a non-profit organization.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service are not providing any specifics about their ongoing inquiry, only confirming that warrants were executed. No arrests have been made at this point and no criminal charges have been filed in court.  KUAM News visited Isla Bingo today and found a sign noting that it is no longer in operation. 

A closer look around the establishment led us to lottery-type cards named "Casino and Gamblin' Packs". The tickets appeared to have been sold for $1 and allow an individual chances to win money up to $2,500. Paradise bingo, operated at the Royal Orchid Hotel in Tumon, has been shut down for several nights since the raid, but a sign on the establishment today indicates that bingo will resume again tonight.

The Overseas Chinese Association Center is currently listed as a non-profit organization that runs the four businesses that have been raided by authorities. Part of the organization's rules, filed with Rev & Tax, is that they operate exclusively for public health, safety, educational, scientific, or charitable purposes. Additionally their very articles state that the corporation is not formed for financial gain or profit.

The corporation also states that the organization's primary purpose is to conduct and carry on the work of the corporation not for profit, but exclusively to provide information and assistance to anyone of Chinese ethnicity who resides in Guam. President Betsy Ho would not comment on the investigation.

KUAM News contacted Rev & Tax to see if they were aware of the ongoing investigation. Officials said they were unaware and not involved with the federal inquiry.

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