CLEVELAND (AP) -- A prosecutor in Cleveland wants to close down Internet sweepstakes cafes in the county and has filed charges against a New Jersey-based company that distributes a software system to those businesses.
Ten people and seven businesses were indicted Wednesday. Charges include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal gambling and money laundering.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Bill Mason says the sweepstakes cafes are illegal gambling businesses.
There is little regulation over the cafes. Ohio lawmakers last week approved a bill that would put a one-year moratorium on new cafes where customers can win cash or merchandise. Customers buy Internet time or phone cards and use them to bet points on computers loaded with games such as poker or slots.