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Owner of cafe suspected in gambling case sues Galt Police Department

Galt's Lin: Betting games on cafe's computers came from outside company

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am

The owner of a Galt internet cafe, who was arrested last month after police said he owned a slot machine and unlawfully permitted the operation of a gaming device, has filed a lawsuit against the Galt Police Department seeking to recover equipment confiscated by officers.

However, in court documents, Peng Fei Lin, arrested at the Lucky Internet Cafe, said until its closure his business provided Internet access and a variety of other computer-based programming to its customers.

Lin said that one variety of program offered was a sweepstakes program that originated from a separate black box which had been installed in the computer towers by Florida-based Cyber GT Systems, a company Lin contracted with. He said they told him it was legal in California, according to court records.

At the time of Lin's arrest, police said the department had received complaints about the establishment located at 905 C St.

A lengthy investigation included assistance from the District Attorney's Office, California Department of Justice and Sacramento Police Department, and ultimately ended after a three-month undercover investigation with the seizure of 27 computer towers, surveillance equipment, printers, fax machines, routers, electrical cords and gaming machines, according to police.

Officers also closed the business during the Jan. 9 raid and posted a notice to destroy the confiscated items within 30 days, according to court records.

Lin, who filed the lawsuit earlier this month, could not be reached for comment, and the business phone number has been disconnected.

In the lawsuit, Lin also named the city and the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Gambling Control.

Meanwhile, a March 14 court date has been set for Lin's wife and sole cafe employee, Fong Wong Lin. She has also been charged with unlawfully possessing a slot machine and permitting the operation of a gaming device.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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4 comments:

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:13 am on Wed, Mar 6, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I guess Lodi doesn't have any crime to speak of. Like no gangs problems, rapes, murders, assaults, burglaries, robberies etc.... i guess the police there don't have much to do, so I can certainly understand why they would go after the guy trying earn a living. Maybe he should go out a rob a bank!

    Its amazing to me that not too long ago the police department in Lodi was crying they wouldn't be able to enforce these kind of lower level crimes. I guess they were just fear mongering at the time, or maybe out right lying in order to keep the money rolling in.... Got too keep that overtime a flowing and all those fun toys these boys love to purchase with tax payer money!

    And of course the police in their zeal take other people property like its no big deal. I wonder how they would like it if we took some of their property.... O my gosh don't go there.....

     
  • Vic Ongasis posted at 3:48 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    Vic Ongasis Posts: 1

    Both charges are misdemeanors that could later escalate into a major crime.

     
  • dave howard posted at 4:33 pm on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    dave howard Posts: 25

    This is what we use taxpayer mony for?

    I can see the white house wasting money
    like this but not the city of Galt.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:09 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1342

    3 month undercover investigation for a couple of misdemeanors?

     

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