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Arrests Made In Alleged Online Gaming Scheme

HALTOM CITY (AP) – Authorities have arrested several executives of a Haltom City software development company, accusing them of running an electronic gambling operation.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office says that senior executives with HEST Technologies were arrested on Friday. Officials also executed search warrants at the company’s headquarters and the homes of five of the executives.

Those arrested face felony gambling, money laundering and organized criminal activity charges.

On its website, HEST says it develops promotional systems for sweepstakes cafes, Internet cafes and non-profits.

But authorities allege the company’s “sweepstakes” systems constitute illegal gambling devices by claiming to sell a lawful service, such as time at an Internet cafe, in order to induce people to gamble.

Officials at HEST’s headquarters could not immediately be reached for comment.

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