Man Charged With Operating Mini Casino In Lawndale Market
LAWNDALE (CBSLA.com) — A 29-year-old man was facing charges Thursday of operating a mini casino out of his South Bay market.
Kasin Moosani, 29, was charged on Aug. 8 with possessing two slot machines, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said.
The gambling machines were first discovered on Nov. 13, 2012, when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies visited the market located in the 4300 block of 147th Street.
“He had numerous ‘Las Vegas-type’ electronic slot machines that were fully operational. Deputies and detectives arrested Moosani for possession of the illegal slot machines,” Lt. John Hocking said.
Moosani was placed on probation from the arrest and in the following months, claimed he was running a legitimate business.
During a surprise visit to the market last month, deputies and Lawndale Code Enforcement personnel found two additional electronic slot machines in a concealed area.
“There were large display racks on wheels in front of the slot machines. When customers wanted to gamble, the racks would be moved allowing access to the gaming area,” Lt. Hocking said.
Moosani was charged again with possessing slot machines by the Los Angeles District Attorney.
He subsequently relinquished his business license and closed the market.
Moosani is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 2.