CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin on Tuesday filed charges against a Logan County restaurant owner accused of laundering cash in an illegal gambling operation.
Gregory A. Dotson, 51, of Chapmanville, was charged with one count of unlawful monetary transactions. Dotson operated an illegal poker machine parlor in the back of a tobacco store in South Williamson, Ky., according to a news release issued by Goodwin's office.
Dotson routinely paid out gambling winnings even though poker machines, or "gray machines," are illegal in Kentucky, according to the release.
He allegedly pocketed money from the operation weekly and brought cash to his other business, Giovanni's Pizza, in Logan. He mixed the illegal cash with legitimate business, according to the release.
On Aug. 16, Dotson drove to Bristol, Tenn., with approximately $12,000 in cash from the illegal operation and bought a 2009 Nissan 350Z sports car, according to the release.
In October, agents from the Internal Revenue Service raided the South Williamson parlor and seized more 40 machines in operation and another 40 machines in storage.
The charges were outlined in a court filing known as an information, rather than through a grand jury indictment. Such a move is a method prosecutors use when they've reached a plea agreement with the accused.
The information filed Tuesday says Dotson intends to forfeit more than $150,000 in cash, a $96,000 Mercedes sport-utility vehicle, a $50,000 Rolex watch, several firearms and the 80 gray machines.
Dotson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted.