Raleigh, Chapel Hill men charged in raid on Durham sweepstakes cafe

From staff reportsDecember 6, 2013 

— Sheriff's deputies arrested two men and seized 47 computers and $9,520 in cash when they shut down an Internet sweepstake cafe, officials said Friday.

The operation was called the University Business Center and was operating in Suite 106 at 4201 University Drive, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Paul Sherwin said.

Deputies went there Thursday morning and arrested owner Jin Sok So, 57, of 2900 Alwoodley Place in Raleigh and manager Min Jung Song, 32, of 310 Cobblestone Court in Chapel Hill, Sherwin said.

Each was charged with three felonies: gambling, operating electronic sweepstakes and operating more than five gaming machines.

They also cited three customers for playing a game of chance.

The arrests were not a surprise, Sheriff Mike Andrews said.

“Mr. So and his employees were warned multiple times in person by deputies that the business needed to close. He was warned that we would shut the place down, make arrests, and seize money and equipment if necessary,” Andrews said.

So and Song each was released on $5,000 bail and ordered to make court first appearances Friday.

Deputies seized the computers, the cash, several prescription narcotics and “hundreds” of federal forms used to report gambling winnings.

The forms had name and personal information filled in, and Sherwin said those and the narcotics led to ongoing investigations.

The Business Center raid was the fourth time this year that Durham deputies have closed an Internet sweepstakes operation, they said.

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