Criminal Case Filed Against Former Parnell Poker Palace

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 4, 2010 at 2:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Three Fort Wayne men face criminal charges, related to a charity gaming enterprise that state officials say operated outside the law.

The building that currently hosts the bar Rick O’Shay’s, in parts of 2008 and 2009 was home to the Parnell Poker Palace.

Larry York, Charles Keller, George Kotsopoulos, Ed Miers and Ralph White are accused of illegally profiting from poker, blackjack, and other gambling activities at the closed facility.

Court papers allege dealers and pit bosses who were supposed to be volunteers, were being paid thousands of dollars under the table.

Larry Rollins of the Indiana Gaming Commission says, “When people then decide that they can profit for themselves by conducting charity events, that's when it really crosses the line."

Charges against the men include promotion of professional gambling, unlawful charity gaming contracting and corrupt business influence.

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