ALE Agents Arrest Owners, Operators of Illegal Gaming Machines


WADESBORO – Special agents with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested nine people in Anson County Nov. 5 at several retail outlets where illegal gambling machines were seized.

In North Carolina, it is illegal for anyone or any corporation to own, operate or play any machine or device that entitles the user to money or anything of value. (N.C. General Statutes 14 and 18).

Wadesboro Police Chief Thedis Spencer requested ALE’s help due to multiple complaints.

“Ever since these gaming machines came, we’ve seen crime going up – robberies, domestic issues and embezzlement cases,” Spencer said. “ALE’s enforcement action today will put a deterrent on any other video gaming operators trying to come into the area with their get-rich-quick schemes.”

Wadesboro police officers partnered with ALE. About 20 ALE agents participated in the enforcement action. Gaming machines, currency and documents were seized.

Administrative violation reports will be submitted to the N.C. ABC Commission and the N.C. Education Lottery for the violations which occurred at the five locations listed below.

ALE agents made arrests at the following locations:

Wadesboro Discount Grocery, 702 Salisbury St., Wadesboro
Shondrell Antwanette Easterling, 38, of Wadesboro - 8 counts of violating state gambling laws

Quick Shop, U.S. 52, Wadesboro
Manu Kumar Patel,53, of 1216 Morven Road, Wadesboro – 7 counts
Lisa Rivers Taylor, 49, of 210 White Oak St., Morven – 6 counts

C.Q. Mart, 1200 U.S. 74, Wadesboro
Alaa Nabil Kobercy, 29, of 5015 Clover Hill Road Indian Trail
Mohamad Elbaba, 27, of 500 Abbington Grove Cir Apt. F Wadesboro

Mikes Food Mart, 1265 US 74, Wadesboro
Shemetra Lashay Melton, 34, of 106 Gin Lane, Morven
Lisa Danielle Thomas, 51, of 281 Hannah Road, Wadesboro

Stop n Shop, 702 Salisbury St., Wadesboro
Kidanne-Mariam Yosief, 31, 2801 Monterrey Lane, Monroe
Ogbamari Gebrezghiabher-Yousef, 33, 1624 Flat River Dr. Apt 107 Charlotte