Two Charged In Illegal Gambling Operation

Over $4 million in cash has been seized from an illegal gambling enterprise in Gaston County.

Lenny Steen, Jr, 65, of Spartanburg, S.C. pleaded guilty to one count of running an illegal gambling business and one count of money laundering. He worked alongside Clarence Larry Calhoun,71,  of  Gastonia,  N.C. who pleaded guilty to the same charges in January.

Steen and Calhoun operated an illegal gambling business in Gaston County from 2012 to October 2014.

According to court docs, the gambling business, known as "Mr. Lenny's Place" housed approximately 63  video poker  machines and averaged more than $10,000 per day.

Sheen and Calhoun face a maximum prison term of twenty five years and a $500,000 fine. They have been released on bond and currently await sentencing.

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