Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Charity bingo figure to testify against others



The Associated Press

AKRON - James H. Jackson was a big-time player in the charity gaming business, supplying instant bingo cards to more than 200 taverns statewide.

Until recently, the 64-year-old businessman denied charges that he and others made millions in untaxed money off the sale of instant bingo tickets, money raised in the name of charity. In a surprising move Friday, he pleaded guilty to gambling, money laundering and racketeering charges.

Next month, Mr. Jackson is expected to testify against co-defendant Philip F. George Jr. of Akron and reveal more details of how gaming profits were allegedly diverted and pocketed. His cooperation is in exchange for a lighter prison term.




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