Company, Owners Guilty In Ohio Internet Cafe Case


A New Jersey company that supplied software for so-called storefront sweepstakes parlors is ending its Ohio operations.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that as part of plea agreement, VS2 Worldwide Communications was fined $10,000 on charges related to gambling and money laundering.

Ohio's attorney general says the company provided computers and software to places advertised as Internet cafes. But he said the business and its employees illegally marketed the games under state law.

A judge has ordered the company to forfeit more than $615,000. Its owners pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and were fined $1,000.

An attorney for VS2 told the newspaper that having the company stop operations was a moot point, because a state law now effectively bans the cafes.

Cafe operators say they ran a legitimate business.