Department of Public Protection
Floyd Couple Pleads Guilty to Gambling Charges
A Floyd County couple pleaded guilty in Floyd District Court Feb. 21 to two charges in connection with running an unlicensed gaming operation.
The state Office of Charitable Gaming cited Richard and Darlene Hamilton after two investigators observed the selling of pull tabs and an unlicensed bingo game in progress on Jan. 6 at a local bingo hall, said Tony Royalty, the office’s executive director. In district court, Richard Hamilton was fined $250 and received a 45-day probated sentence and his wife received the same probated sentence after pleading guilty to gaming without a charitable license, and promoting gambling in the second degree. Both charges are Class A misdemeanors.
Richard Hamilton’s father, Lloyd, was the chief executive officer of the Betsy Lane Parent and Athletic Association, which held a valid charitable gaming license until surrendering it on Dec. 15. During the Jan. 6 visit, Lloyd Hamilton confirmed to investigators that he had told his son that the license had been surrendered.
The office is continuing to investigate financial transactions in connection with the gaming operation.
The Office of Charitable Gaming is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.