Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy was one of 14 people arrested in a gambling raid in east Georgia.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents on Thursday served warrants at four businesses and a residence in Warren County.

The businesses have licenses to operate coin-operated machines, but investigators say customers were getting illegal cash payouts when they won. Under Georgia law, customers can only win credits for lottery tickets or store merchandise.

Special Agent Cindy Ledford, who heads the GBI’s commercial gambling unit, tells the newspaper Taliaferro County sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Tarver was arrested. Tarver, who lives in Warrenton, was a part-time clerk at one of the businesses.

It was not immediately clear whether Tarver has a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as agricultural news. She has a background in Political Science, with a focus in local government, and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She's a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


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