Washington, Pennsylvania – Businessman is charged with taking $7 million in illegal profits


Posted on the 30th of August 2018

Washington, Pennsylvania – Businessman is charged with taking $7 million in illegal profits

Following a three year investigation by Pennsylvania state authorities, police arrested Anthony Zenner, 58, the owner of Zenner Vending, and confiscated over 100 video poker machines and $83K in cash from Zenner’s warehouse and vehicle, and froze $63K in several bank accounts. Zenner is accused of making millions of dollars from 142 illegal gambling machines that were placed in bars, restaurants, and clubs across four counties, including; Washington, Fayette, Westmoreland and Allegheny. Investigators allege that Zenner has taken approximately $7 million in illegal profits between 2006 and 2017. That is approximately $14.000 per week. Investigators also allege that that his machines had knock-off devices inside them to track the players’ earned credits and winnings, and that those added devices are illegal under state law.

“Today we’ve ended Tony Zenner’s video gambling operation. This defendant raked in millions of dollars in illegal proceeds, draining money from Pennsylvanians and from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania over the last decade.” said state attorney general Josh Shapiro.

However, Christopher L. Blackwell, Zenner’s attorney has stated; “Most of (Zenner’s) business is in legitimate vending, small games of chance. A lot of his machines that he’s been charged with, he actually held licenses in the various townships where they were placed.”

Zenner is charged with corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and providing gambling devices. He is currently free on $30,000 bond.

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