County Commission Chairman Charged With Gambling

The chairman of the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners was among the 10 people charged after a raid of illegal gambling operations last weekend.

The North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement says 73-year-old Leonard Wiggins was charged with a misdemeanor violation after the raids at two homes in Raleigh and one in Wendell.

Agents say Wiggins and three other people played a game of chance at which money was bet at the house in Wendell. One agent says the buy-in at the poker game ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 that night.

There was no answer Friday at a home number listed in Wiggins' name.


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  • by yukyukyuk on Aug 8, 2011 at 09:44 PM
    Hoooo-weeeeeee! I guess dat means we can't pitch pennies down by de co'thouse no mo' !!
  • by turkeyworld on Aug 6, 2011 at 03:16 AM
    Everybody gambles every now and then what's the big deal? I've heard of games with stakes that high from everyday working class people. Its his money let him spend it like he pleases.
  • by WHAT?! on Aug 5, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    So you cant even play poker these days? Who cares how much it was. A man has the right to spend money in a poker game as long as he's not shooting someone because he lost it. Dumbest charge ever!
  • by Tired of corrupt politicians on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Is there a single honest politician anywhere in this country?
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      by Here's your Answer on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:49 PM in reply to Tired of corrupt politicians
      I'll answer that for you... NO!!!!
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      by Me on Aug 6, 2011 at 08:35 PM in reply to Tired of corrupt politicians
      What does poker have to do with honesty?
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    Listen, $187K with a $5,000 buy-in ain't 10 guys playing a friendly game of dollar-ante poker. There's some serious gambling going on here that, right or wrong, IS against the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law.
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      by Juggernaut on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:03 PM in reply to Boats
      Thank you! $1000 buy-in in Vegas is for the professional/full time gamblers. To all of you who say this is no big deal, lets see you chip in $1000 per hand and see how small of an issue it is then.
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      by ex-gambler on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:02 PM in reply to Boats
      You would be amazed at how many of these weekly little meetings take place in upscale neighborhoods all over the place, and $500-$1000 is pretty common.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 04:15 PM in reply to ex-gambler
        wayyyy more common than you may think. If you have to ask where these games are.. you can't afford it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    Its His Money.... whatever if you have never said i bet u $5 to someone then speak up, as far as im concerned we should all be arrested for gambleing
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    No different that the STATE HIGHWAY PAROL!!!!!
  • by Trevor Location: Crisp on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    The IRS should charge them taxes on the $187K.
  • by Seriously? on Aug 5, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    4 guys playing poker arrested? Well start raiding every private club (golf, Kiwanis etc) and tons more houses then.
  • by Ed Location: enc on Aug 5, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    Not a big deal to me. He's 73 yrs old, he can gamble a little bit if he wants to. It's his money. The State of NC just makes it illegal because they don't get to tax it-yet.
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