Selma businessman investigated by feds - again
Posted May 7, 2014
Selma, N.C. — State and federal agents raided a music business on Wednesday whose owner is known to authorities.
The agents were at Godwin Music, located on N.C. Highway 39 outside Selma. The business is owned by Ricky Godwin, who served time 10 years ago for running an illegal gambling business. They also raided his music business in 2004. His conviction was part of a federal and state investigation into illegal video poker in North Carolina dubbed “Operation Double Black Diamond.”
Godwin was ordered to pay $5 million in restitution, which the FBI said was the value of the illegal gambling business. Federal agents also seized more than 300 video game machines.
On Wednesday, agents raided his business and two homes associated with his family. Federal authorities wouldn’t say why they were at the business and homes, only saying they were executing search warrants.
Authorities used a large U-Haul truck to remove items from the business.