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Bibb DA announcing plans for racketeering settlement proceeds

Bibb County’s district attorney has plans for some of the proceeds from a recent settlement involving a commercial gambling raid.

David Cooke has scheduled a 2:15 p.m. news conference to announce the details.

Last month, Cooke announced that prosecutors had reached a $1 million settlement with nine stores that were shuttered last year in the county’s largest-ever commercial gambling raid.

Prosecutors filed a civil racketeering case against the stores in November seeking the forfeiture of seized money, property and other assets from the stores.

The stores were accused of paying winnings in cash instead of in store credit or lottery tickets as the law allows.

Cooke’s office is set to receive 65 percent of the money, with the sheriff’s office getting the remainder, according to a judge’s order accompanying the settlement agreement.

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