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Selma businessman investigated by feds - again

Posted May 7, 2014

— 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.


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  • itsanewday May 12, 11:47 a.m.

    Don't compete with the government or they will lock you up.

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    I think the more important message here is pay taxes to the government and you will be ok.

    — Posted by BluedevilLIFER

    What I gather from all of this is to follow the law period. Be a law-abiding citizen, and you shall have no problems with the justice system!!! Simple as that! Their guilty conscious to live off illegal money... Not mine! And might I add, maybe this scandal will take them off that high pedestal that they refuse to step down from!!

  • dabfvnc12 May 9, 11:28 a.m.

    It's pretty obvious that people here like to speculate about things they know nothing about. There's a lot more going on here than just the Feds - state agencies were the lead investigators, and they can't just go in an raid a business without due process, search warrants and probable cause. Give it a rest when you're clueless about the facts, which WRAL is as well...

  • christyv May 9, 8:55 a.m.

    It was NOT just a business and his homes that they raided. They raided numerous businesses in Goldsboro that are connected, even by the remotest of strings, to Godwin. One example is a local bar that operates in a building owned by the Godwins. They not only seized video machines, but also the ATM as well as all the operating money she had in the bar at that time. According to her, as well as the Goldsboro Daily News, they even went through her checkbook to see who she had been writing checks to. This is no longer simply about the Godwins and it is affecting far more than just them.

  • Earth Brooks May 8, 2:24 p.m.

    "I am so sick of the Federal government and the lackys that work for it!"

    Well as the right wingers are saying in the gay marriage thread, "If you don't like it, move to a place you may like better." I'm thankful America has a strong federal government.

  • lazyrebel May 8, 1:02 p.m.

    Sounds like they want some tax money. I am so sick of the Federal government and the lackys that work for it!

  • earnyourownway May 8, 12:11 p.m.

    Uncle Sam wants his cut.

  • craig615537 May 8, 11:55 a.m.

    When are the Feds going to investigate the Feds. lol

  • lisaclark2 May 8, 11:35 a.m.

    Was thinking the FEDs. were busy investigating themselves...

  • Woodrow May 8, 10:40 a.m.

    Coin machines= money laundering. More going on here than illegal gambling

  • bholdtlamb May 8, 10:25 a.m.

    Why just them. They are not the only ones doing this. Are we no longer FREE Americans? lol. Have we ever been? I think we are all slaves to the government who want to own it all