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Augusta Lotto Store Employees Busted for Commercial Gambling


HYUN HONGFour employees from two different Augusta stores have been arrested for commercial gambling after an undercover sting showed they were engaged in illegal cash payouts, according to a press release.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Vice Division in conjunction with the Georgia Lottery COAM Division (Coin Operated Amusement Machine) concluded an undercover operation involving “cash pay outs” from several locations throughout Richmond County.

During the sting, two stores showed suspicious activity, which was consistent with illegal commercial gambling, sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel Sr. said in a press release.

On Thursday authorities swooped in to Lotto Express at 203 13th Street and arrested 61-year-old Hyun Hong (top photo) and 57-year-old (second photo) Sun Han on charges of commercial gambling.

STEPHANIE COWIN In addition, officers went to Lotto Plus at 46 13th Street and arrested 47-year-old Stephanie Cowin (third photo) and 50-year-old Diane Choi (last photo) for commercial gambling. The total amount seized during this operation was $60,000, Sgt. McDaniel said.

All four female suspects were booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

The press release did not offer more specifics on what the women are accused of doing.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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