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Forsyth County News
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Four people have been charged and authorities say more arrests are likely as part of an ongoing investigation into video gambling.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Lt. Gus Sesam said the suspects were allowing customers to cash out credits from video poker machines, which is a felony, at two stores in north Forsyth. State law only allows for customers to continue playing.

Jagdeep Dalal, 29, of Alpharetta, Mahboub Jamal, 43, of Lawrenceville and Syed Shahalam, 46, of Sugar Hill, were arrested Saturday and charged with commercial gambling. Jamal also was charged with keeping a gambling place.

Raghupal Damidi, 37, of Alpharetta was arrested Tuesday and charged with commercial gambling and keeping a gambling place.

All four suspects have been released from the Forsyth County Jail, a spokeswoman said, after posting bonds ranging from $11,110 to $16,710.

Sesam said Dalal and Jamal were arrested Saturday at A&A Grocery, 1080 Dahlonega Highway, and Shahalam was arrested at the Hammond’s Crossing Exxon, 3375 Keith Bridge Road.

The arrests came about 5:30 p.m. as authorities served search warrants at both businesses.

Authorities have also taken out a felony arrest warrant on another employee of one of the stores for commercial gambling.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said the four-month investigation stems from complaints from those who lost money on the machines and “family members calling about individuals losing their paychecks at these establishments.”

Moss said authorities seized more than $20,000 cash.

Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Taylor said authorities will continue their investigation and check other local establishments that have video gambling machines.

“We anticipate making additional arrests related to these two cases,” Taylor said.