JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Eight Kentuckiana men are facing serious charges following an FBI investigation in southern Indiana.
The Wednesday announcement by U. S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett wraps up an 18-month investigation into claims that the men were running an illegal gambling operations.
"It's a good thing it's been busted," neighbor Carla Repp said.
Neighbors around Market and High Streets in Jeffersonville are breathing a bit easier after hearing what investigators say they shut down inside a car dealer.
An FBI investigation claims there was more than car work going down inside those four walls.
"Eight area men operated an illegal gambling business out of various locations in Jeffersonville," Hogsett said.
Last week, FBI agents raided 1313 East Market Street, along with three other addresses, seizing several classic cars, and a whole lot of cash.
"Over $126,000 in suspected gambling proceeds," Hogsett said.
Detectives believe thousands of dollars could have flowed through the office daily at 1313 East Market; just a stone's throw away from where children played at the house next door.
The developments took a few minutes to sink in for Carla Repp who lives a few doors down.
"So they had the car lot as a disguise is that what it was," Repp asked in disbelief.
Repp, along with other neighbors who didn't want to talk on camera, say they didn't suspect anything out of the ordinary was going on, until earlier this month.
"I have seen a police presence around here quite frequently so that made me feel safe, but I didn't know they were probably here because of that," Repp said.
Investigators tell WAVE 3 they believe the eight Kentuckiana men have been in the illegal gambling business since January of 2009, impacting many because of a lack of crucial government funds they never paid.
"It takes a lot of money from the public. They don't pay taxes," an investigator said.
The following are facing charges:
- Terry Crofford, a/k/a "TC," age 60, of Jeffersonville, IN
- Jamie Duley, a/k/a "JD" or "J-Town," age 54, of Jeffersonville, IN
- James Baker, a/k/a "Shake," age 62, of Clarksville, IN
- George Blair, a/k/a "Mound," age 53, of Jeffersonville, IN
- Steven Harkins, a/k/a "Hark," age 55, of Louisville, KY
- Jeffrey Hash, age 61, of Louisville, KY
- James Payne, a/k/a "Jamie," age 44, of Pleasureville, KY
- Harold Joyce, a/k/a "Trey," age 44, of Louisville, KY
An indictment says that the following were all seized by the FBI
- multiple bank accounts in the name of Terry Crofford and TC Auto
- property located at 1313 East Market Street and at 8017 Lakeside Quarry Road in Jeffersonville, IN
- property at 308 North 3rd Street and 307 North 2nd Street in Utica, IN
- several vehicles, including a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro; a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle; a 2005 Ford Mustang GT convertible; a 2007 Dodge Ram truck; a 2004 Lexus LS 430.
If convicted, the men could spend a maximum of eight years behind bars and pay up to a $250,000 fine.
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