Lawmakers tackling illegal gambling parlors across the state

Josh Scheinblum

Located in a Bloomfield strip mall sits the “Bloomfield Business Center,” a company that if you believe the storefront is a one-stop shop for all your office related needs.

But there are those that allege places like this are nothing more than a front for illegal gambling.

“What they truly are, they house slot machines that are disguised as computers,” said Sen. Dante Bartolomeo. She says she will soon introduce legislation that will shut down the storefronts she calls “sweepstakes cafes.”

“In North Carolina, there was a case of someone who won $100,000 in one of these internet sweepstakes cafes, and the owner refused to pay out because they said that they were cheating,” Bartolomeo said. “But there was no regulation to substantiate that.”

News 8 tried to see what goes on inside the “Bloomfield Business Center” but weren’t allowed inside. The police were called in.

Over the phone, the owner said the police were called because News 8′s presence made his staff “nervous.” He said his name was Gordon Payne.

News 8 asked the owner if we could get his answers on camera. He said yes, just not right now, because he’s away in North Carolina.

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