Vape shop owner indicted on illegal gambling charges

Sheriff's deputies in a small town tell us they shut-down a large scale illegal gambling operation

CARROLLTON, Va. (WVEC) -- The owner of an Isle of Wight vape shop has been arrested, two weeks after the business was raided on suspicions of illegal gambling.

A grand jury indicted 30-year-old Marjorie Fischer one count of money laundering and one count of operating an illegal gambling operation.

Earlier this month, deputies raided her business, Wicked Vapes, after investigators believed it was being used as a large-scale illegal gambling ring. Thirty-nine computers were believed to be used for illegal slot machine style gambling were seized.

“We know that Wicked Vapes as been here for a little over a year and we’re pretty sure the gaming operation, gambling operation, started the same time the business opened,” Lt. Tommy Potter said when Fischer's business was busted at the beginning of November.

The sheriff’s office said the only vape products in the shop were expired, it was all just a front for a miniature casino.

“You would go in, you would pay so much money, you would spend some time on the machines, you would win or lose money, you would cash out and receive money as you left the business,” said Potter.

Deputies had been investigating Wicked Vapes for three months before the raid.

After her arrest, Fischer was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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