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Welfare Food Traded for Games at Amarillo Business: Investigators

Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 9:54 AM CDT
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Business Allowed Gambling With Food Stamps: Investigators

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Investigators say welfare recipients traded snacks bought with government funds for slot machine credits at an eight-liner gaming business in the Texas Panhandle.

The Amarillo Globe-News on Sunday reported The Blue Room in Amarillo was raided last fall and remains closed. Casino-style gambling is illegal in Texas.

An undercover agent on Nov. 5, put $30 into a slot machine, earned $70 in credits and then allegedly received $70 in cash from a worker.

The Blue Room was raided the next day. Officers seized $3,600 from machines and other devices. An affidavit says food stamp recipients were given 50 cents on the dollar in gaming credits for snacks purchased and traded back to the business.

Prosecutor Scott Brumley says investigators are finding gaming establishments pretty frequently in Potter County.

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