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Selma business forfeits $2.3M in illegal gambling profits

Posted March 16

Federal agents raided Godwin Music offices in Selma on May 7, 2014.

— A Selma business that has long been the focus of federal agents pleaded guilty Thursday to operating an illegal gambling operation and agreed to forfeit more than $2.3 million in profits.

RGB Inc., which does business as Godwin Music in Selma and Raleigh Amusements in Garner, was placed on probation for four years and also paid a $150,000 fine.

The company owns illegal video sweepstakes and video poker games and puts them in bars, restaurants and convenience stores across eastern North Carolina, authorities said.

As part of the plea, criminal charges were dropped against company owners David Ricky Godwin Sr. and David Ricky Godwin Jr.

State and federal agents raided Godwin Music offices and two nearby homes in May 2014. In subsequent months, authorities seized gaming devices and cash from close to 200 stores and restaurants that they contended were linked to the Godwins and a $20 million illegal gambling enterprise. Many of those cases were later dropped.

The Godwins were convicted in 2004 in connection with an illegal gambling ring. The son received probation, and the father went to prison until 2011.


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