2 Yuba City internet cafes shut down in welfare gambling bust

12:26 AM, Mar 23, 2013   |    comments
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YUBA CITY, CA - Two Yuba City internet cafes have been shut down because they are suspected of allowing customers to use welfare money to gamble.

Coco's Internet and More on Bridge Street and Bullseye Internet Café on Colusa Avenue were raided and subsequently shut down after Yuba City police said they were allowing their customers to use Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to take out cash and gamble.

A woman who works near Bullseye Internet Café said she usually sees a line of people stretching around the corner from the business on the first of every month waiting to get into the "casino."

She said in addition to the gambling, there were often people drinking and doing drugs in a bathroom shared by all the businesses, and she felt unsafe walking to her own car.

"The police came a couple of times because they were fighting in the parking lot," the woman explained.

On Thursday, police seized 70 computers, more than $10,000 cash and two ATM machines.

Yuba City police said it's an ongoing investigation into the same owner at both locations.

According to Yuba City records, the Bullseye Internet Café is owned by Steve Maki, a Sacramento business man.

Nearly two weeks before the raids, Steve Maki was charged in Sacramento County Superior Court with two misdemeanor counts of maintaining illegal gambling operations. His arraignment is scheduled for April 10.


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