Man Arrested, 18 Locations Raided in Gambling Ring


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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A North Royalton man faces several charges after a multi-agency investigation into a Northeast Ohio gambling ring.

During an “extensive investigation,” authorities said Martin Sarcyk, 61, was connected to a number of locations where search warrants were conducted Wednesday afternoon, including at Union Vending on Enterprise Avenue.

Raids also took place at 17 other locations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Wayne counties.

The Ohio Investigative Unit, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the county prosecutor’s office are working on the case.

“The search warrants served today should send a clear message to those trying to bypass the law that illegal gambling will not be tolerated in this state,” said Attorney General DeWine. “This case is just one example of how local, state, and federal authorities are working together to shut down illegal gambling operations.”

The investigation is ongoing, so additional arrests could be made.

Authorities say it’s the second time since May 2012 that investigators have filed charges against Sarcyk, who was convicted in May 2013 of money laundering and multiple felony gambling counts.

At that time, state and federal investigators discovered his involvement in illegal internet sweepstakes gambling and the operation of a sports bookmaking ring.

He most recently has been indicted on multiple counts of gambling, money laundering and possession of criminal tools.

We have a crew at the scene. Stick with Fox 8 and for more on this developing story.

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