Skilled Gaming Operator Gets 5 Years' Probation


Attorney Brad Koffel’s client, Stephen S. Cline, received five years of probation after pleading guilty in February to charges stemming from the operation of his company, Spinners casino.

Brad Koffel’s client, the owner of Pickaway County Skilled Gaming LLC (“Spinners”), was sentenced yesterday in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court to five years of probation. The sentence came after the owner, Cline, pleaded guilty in February to charges relating to money laundering and illegal casino operation.

In Cline’s own words to the Pickaway County Common Pleas Judge, “I [found] we paid in cash and I did not stop it. I am fully responsible for that, but I did not order anyone to pay cash.”

Cline was charged last April after evidence was seized from Spinners, including gaming machines, cash, and various documents. The investigation was prompted by complaints of Spinners’ slot machines doling out cash payments. According to an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution in 2009, cash payments like this are only allowed at four land-based casinos in the state, located in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo.

Cline could have faced three years in prison and $10,000 in fines for the money laundering charge, and one year in prison with a $2,000 fine for the illegal casino charge. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to five years of community control / probation.

Ohio is one of the strictest anti-gambling states in the nation. The Koffel Law Firm is equipped to provide experienced representation to individuals facing these types of gaming offenses. Get in touch with our team today for more information.

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