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 email@example.com.