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21 Indicted By Federal Grand Jury In Video Poker Probe

A federal grand jury has indicted 21 people in connection with a video poker investigation.

Federal authorities say the group ran video poker machines in 15 western North Carolina counties. Some of those charged are accused of bribing two Buncombe County sheriff's deputies to keep the video poker machines running.

On July 1, video gambling became illegal in North Carolina. Previously, operators had been allowed up to three machines that paid winners up to $10 in store merchandise.

The U-S Attorney's Office says the investigation is ongoing.

According to the indictment, brothers James Otis Henderson and Barron Sloan Henderson, both of South Carolina, headed the
operation.

Also charged are former Buncombe sheriff's Lieutenant Ronnie Eugene Davis and former reserve Captain Kenneth Penland, both of Asheville.


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