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Stephen S. Cline, left, co-owner of Spinners on U.S. Route 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court of operating an illegal casino. Looking on is Cline’s attorney, Bradley Koffel.

CIRCLEVILLE — The owner of Pickaway County Skilled Gaming LLC, doing business as Spinners, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to operating an illegal casino.

Stephen S. Cline, 69, of Ashville, pleaded guilty in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court to money laundering, a third-degree felony; and operation of an illegal casino, a fifth-degree felony.

Cline also forfeited $160,000 in cash, a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2013 GMC Sierra. Similar charges against other individuals involved in the case have been dismissed.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered. Cline faces a maximum of 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for the money laundering charge and up to 12 months in prison and a $2,000 fine for the operation of an illegal casino charge.

Cline was charged in Aug. 2015 after a series of complaints sparked an investigation into the business. It was reported that Spinners was operating slot machines that paid out cash prizes, a violation of Ohio law. Gaming machines, documents and cash were seized during the investigation.

Members of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office participated in the investigation and execution of the warrants.

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