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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019 2 months ago

Volusia County Sheriff's Office get search warrants for two Ormond-area internet cafés

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Both cafés were involved in a 2017 VCSO sting.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is executing search warrants for two internet cafés near Ormond Beach in which detectives believe illegal gambling has been happening, according to a press release.

The cafés in question at The Spot, located at 1220 Hand Ave., and The Hot Spot, located at 1230 Hand Ave. Both were shut down and issued cease and desist orders as part of a two-month sting conducted by VCSO in 2017. At that time,  VCSO raided and shut down the Hot Spot. VCSO reports that the establishments are unlicensed and unregulated, and are "considered illegal gambling because they rely on games of chance rather than games of skill."

During the 2017 investigation, deputies discovered that The Hot Spot was also involved in money laundering. During the two-month investigation, it grossed $600,000 which weren't deposited in any state bank. Instead, the money was transferred through a furniture business in North Carolina.

 

Deputies are again seizing equipment to be forensically examined, VCSO reports. The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made.

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