Police: Two charged for conducting $2 million gambling operation in Phoenix

Posted at 12:18 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 16:43:34-05

Police have arrested a man and a woman after a 17-month long investigation.

According to reports, officials from the Arizona Department of Gaming infiltrated several "Sweepstake Internet Cafe" in the Phoenix area to investigate possible illegal gambling on computer style casino games.

It was discovered that the two were using money obtained by these illegal cafes and gambling at legitimate casinos in order to, presumably, launder their money.

They were making roughly $10,000 a week, totaling $2 million since June 2015.

The suspects have been identified as 39-year-old Joshua Wayne Melton and 39-year-old Ferrah Haydok.

Gaming agents arrested Haydok, Melton, and two others on November 16 after raiding several of their business locations.

Haydok and Melton have been charged with illegal control of an enterprise, money laundering, and promotion of gambling.