After an extensive investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the owner of Mac Vending Company was arraigned on charges related to the seizure of 118 illegal gambling devices from licensed liquor establishments and a warehouse in Beaver County last year. The investigation resulted in the seizure of $3.7 million.
Robert McDanel, 63, allegedly provided illegal gambling devices through his business. On May 23, 2018, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed search warrants and conducted inspections at 39 licensed liquor establishments and the Mac Vending Company warehouse in Beaver County. Search warrants were subsequently prepared and executed at McDanel’s home and the bank he used to deposit the illicit business proceeds.
“Illegal gambling is a serious problem in Pennsylvania,” said Major Scott T. Miller, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. “The owners and operators of illegal gambling devices are making millions of dollars from players without oversight to ensure fairness or any Public Interest Purpose designation for the proceeds generated.”
McDanel faces the following charges, filed through District Court 36-1-02:
- Pa Crimes Code, CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS, F-1, (1 count).
- PA Crimes Code, DEALING IN PROCEEDS OF UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES, F-1 (2 counts).
- PA Crimes Code, GAMBLING DEVICES, GAMBLING ETC, M-1 (18 counts).
- PA Crimes Code, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY – GAMBLING DEVICES, GAMBLING ETC, M-1 (18 counts).
The case will be prosecuted by the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General.
“Working with the Pennsylvania State Police, we’ve charged the operator of an illegal video gambling operation in Western Pennsylvania,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “This defendant raked in illegal profits, draining money from Pennsylvanians – and from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These machines – with the lure of the cash payout – are illegal gambling devices. Working with our partners in the state police, we’ve shut this defendant down.”