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Police Identify Illegal Gambling House Operating As Boynton Beach Arcade Near Century Village

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Police Identify Illegal Gambling House Operating As Boynton Beach Arcade Near Century Village

Manager Arrested, Owner Implicated In Serious Financial Crimes. Crowne Arcade Shut Down.

Busted Local Arcade Manager Accused Of Running Gambling Operation - Marquita Margadonna

Police Identify Illegal Gambling House Operating As Boynton Beach Arcade Near Century Village – Marquita Margadonna

UPDATE

Since Boca Bost first reported on this story, the owner of Crowne Arcade in Boynton Beach has been located and arrested as well.

Reported First By Boca Post

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — A Boynton Beach woman is facing several gambling charges as well as a money-laundering charge, according to jail records released to Boca Post by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Marquita Margadonna, 66, of Bella Verde in Boynton Beach, has been arrested Monday evening by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Boca Post has been notified that the charges filed include “FRAUD – MONEY LAUNDER TRANS OVER 300 LESS 20K DOLS”, “ESTABLISH GAMBLING PLACE – KEEP GAMBLING HOUSE”, “ESTABLISH GAMBLING PLACE – AGENT EMPLOYEE OF KEEPER OF HOUSE FOR”, and “GAMBLING – MFG OWN POSS ETC SLOT MACHINE 3RD OR SUBSQ OFF”.

Boca Post has learned that Marquita was the manager of a Crowne Arcade of Boynton Beach, which was located at 8890 Lawrence Road in Boynton Beach. Accusations have been made on social media about this establishment including that the FBI and PBSO have been tipped off about illegal gambling behavior.

According to the State of Florida, the owner of Crowne Arcade of Boynton Beach is Vincenzo Magnone, of Coronado Estates in Boynton Beach. The business now appears to be dissolved and the rumor on social media is that it closed in April due to financial issues.

One comment about the Crowne Arcade of Boynton Beach found on Social Media reads:

“On a recent day my wife snd I decided to try our luck at this establishment since we like poker on slots but when I asked the staff there about poker games she invited us to the back game room for Strip Poker instead with some very young Asian Ladies who looked like they were illegal! Not really sure what is going on with this place but for a AAA Mobil or Google Review I would write this hole in the wall place off”

Another comment reads:

“Every time our group of senior ladies from Century Village comes to play here we get bad luck and food poisoning and when we do win and present our winning tickets to staff they can’t seem to give us all of our money that day snd wanted us to come to the next day cause apparently they are broke and from gossip we overheard was that the staff is stealing from the owner so we are going to give the owner a call and along with a call to the local authorities and inform them too.”

It is unclear at this time if the alleged crimes occurred within this facility or some other ‘arcade’. Marquita has previously been the owner of several ‘arcades’ in the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach areas. One of the gambling charges is enhanced as it appears she has been previously convicted of the same charge in the past, 3 times at least.

Margadonna was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 9:53 on Monday evening where she remains this morning. Margadonna is facing the following charges:

  • FRAUD – MONEY LAUNDER TRANS OVER 300 LESS 20K DOLS
  • ESTABLISH GAMBLING PLACE – KEEP GAMBLING HOUSE
  • ESTABLISH GAMBLING PLACE – AGENT EMPLOYEE OF KEEPER OF HOUSE FOR
  • GAMBLING – MFG OWN POSS ETC SLOT MACHINE 3RD OR SUBSQ OFF

Boca Post expects that Vincenzo Magnone will be arrested soon, possibly on federal charges as the probable cause affidavit implies that he may be laundering money from the illegal gambling house.

The entire arrest affidavit submitted by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office can be found below:

On November 8, 2021, your affiant, an agent employed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), assigned to the Narcotics Unit, received a complaint alleging an illegal gambling operation being conducted at the Crowne Arcade located at 8890 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, FL 3343.

All of the information contained in this affidavit is based on: 1) personal knowledge and observations during the course of this investigation; 2) information conveyed to (PBSO) Agent Poby and other law enforcement officials; 3) information related by expert and cooperating witnesses; 4) review of physical evidence obtained during the investigation, and 5) review of records including complaints, law enforcement reports and supplements, and business and financial records.

Through your affiant’s training and experience your affiant knows that an Adult Arcade is defined as a facility that houses gaming machines that have elements of luck and sometimes, elements of skill which award points that may be converted to prizes and gift certificates. Florida explicitly prohibits skill-based slots that pay out cash or other things of value. Florida Statute § 849.16 defines a slot machine as “any machine or device . . . [that] may be operated and if the user, whether by application of skill or by reason of any element of chance or any other outcome unpredictable by the user, may: (a) Receive or become entitled to receive any piece of money, credit, allowance, or thing of value.”

Undercover operations revealed the Crowne Arcade is engaged in Las Vegas-style video slot machines for cash prizes and is current date operating as an illegal gambling house contrary to Florida Statute §849.01.

PREDICATE INCIDENT ONE:

On Thursday, January 20, 2022, your affiant held a Gambling buy/walk Operational Briefing, at an undisclosed location within Palm Beach County, Florida. During the briefing, it was determined that Agent [—Jand your affiant, in an undercover capacity (U.C), would enter the business; “Crowne Arcade” located at 8890-A Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. Agent(s) were provided audio/video surveillance equipment, along with $100.00 dollars (one hundred dollars) of investigative funds each, to use during the UC Operation.

Shortly after the conclusion of the briefing UC Agent(s) drove to the 8890-A Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, Florida. Upon entering the establishment, your affiant observed a large \ open floor plan consisting of with lines of video slot machines, which are known to mean games of chance through my training and experience of previously working these types of investigations.

Just inside the door of the establishment, your affiant located what is known to your affiant as the cashier area which was comprised of a desk where a white male who identified himself as Vinnie was located. Through investigative means, your affiant positively identified the cashier as w/m Edvin Tomini.

Your affiant explained to Tominithat it was our first day playing at this establishment. Tomini explained to me about the different styles of machines contained within the establishment all machines were cash in and cash out machines. Tomini explained that the winnings or remaining money from the gaming machines would print on a ticket at the cashier’s office and he would give us cash for whole dollar amounts.

Your affiant asked Tomini if the Arcade has “Match Play” and he advised: Yes, there is “Match Play” or “Free Play” for $10” on all Arcade Machines located within the establishment. Through my training and experience your affiant knows that “Match Play” sometimes referred to as “Free Play” is a gambling term where the “house” (gambling establishment) matches a percentage of your bet or in this case provides an additional $10.00 into a slot machine when a patron bets $10.00.

Note: Taped to the cashier’s window your affiant observed two signs. One sign read; every day our $10 for your $10 (once daily). Friday and Saturday nights 6:00 pm. The other sign read: Please sign our guest book, which Tomini directed us to sign our names.

Your affiant proceeded to a machine which was identified by a printed number as machine # 19, which is located along the North(left) wall of the establishment. Your affiant inserted $10.00 of US Currency derived from investigative funds and $10.00 dollars of house money provided to your affiant by Tomini into the bill feeder, which immediately activated the machine showing a current balance of $20.00. This machine was a video simulated Reel Style Slot Machine. Your affiant engaged in this machine for several minutes where your affiant observed each spin required no skill from the user but instead relied upon chance or luck as to whether money was gained or lost. At the conclusion of gameplay, your affiant initiated the cash-out procedure where a ticket was printed. The ticket indicated “CROWNE ARCADE CASHOUT VOUCHER” in bold letters on the top with a barcode across the bottom which indicated the time, date, and Validation sequence of numbers along with the cashout amount which indicated “$24.20”.

Note: From this gaming machine your affiant won $4.00 dollars.

Your affiant proceeded to a machine that wasn’t identified by a printed number and had “Black & White Wild Jackpot” printed on the game screen. The machine is located within an open room located in the rear of the establishment. Your affiant inserted $10.00 of US Currency derived from investigative funds and $10.00 dollars of house money provided to me by Tomini into the bill feeder, which immediately activated the machine showing a current balance of $20.00. This machine was a video simulated Reel Style Slot Machine. Your affiant engaged in this machine for several minutes where your affiant observed each spin required no skill from the user but instead relied upon chance or luck as to whether money was gained or lost. At the conclusion of gameplay, your affiant initiated the cash-out procedure where a ticket was printed. The ticket was different from the previous tickets obtained by not only size but information written. The ticket indicated “CASHOUT VOUCHER?” in bold letters on the top with a barcode across the bottom which indicated the time, date, and Validation sequence of numbers along with the cash-out amount which indicated “$23.00”.

Note: From this gaming machine your affiant won $3.00 dollars.

In speaking with Tomini, your affiant asked him how long has he worked at this Arcade and replied a year and a half. Your affiant also asked him what is the max a person could win playing the gaming machines, he directed your affiant towards several machines located along the north wall, identified as Fire Link games. On the screen of the machines, all read over “Mega $10,000.00” and Tomini explained that your affiant could win $10,000.00 US Dollars on these machines. In asking Tominifor clarification, your affiant asked him pacifically if your affiant hit a jackpot of $10,000.00 dollars then your affiant would be paid $10,000.00 dollars and walk out of the store with it. Tomini responded by saying; “Yes”.

The agent then cashed out her vouchers and we exited the establishment and proceeded to a de-briefing location. While at the de-briefing location your affiant counted all the currency in my possession and identified that your affiant had $100.00 dollars of investigative funds from the start of the UC gaming operation, plus $7.00 dollars. The $7.00 dollars was entered into evidence under this case number along with a picture of the “CROWNEE ARCADE CASHOUT VOUCHER” obtained from the Firelink gaming machine #19.

PREDICATE INCIDENT TWO:
On Thursday, January 20, 2022, PBSO Agent attended a Gambling buy/walk Operational Briefing, at an undisclosed location within Palm Beach County, Florida. During the briefing, it was determined that your affiant and Agent IM, in an undercover capacity (U.C), would enter the business; “Crowne Arcade” located at 8890-A Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. The agent was provided audio/video surveillance equipment, along with $100.00 dollars (one hundred dollars) of investigative funds, which Agenthadfrom the previous UC operation from your affiant.

The agent drove to Crowne Arcade located at 8890-A Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, Florida. As Agent Murray approached the Crowne Arcade Agent noticed two front doors to the establishment. Your affiant and Agent entered the door to the right. 

Upon entering the establishment, the Agent observed an open floorplan consisting of video slot machines, which are known to me as games of chance through my training and experience of previously working on these types of investigations. Just inside the door, to the right of the establishment was the cashier area which was comprised of a desk where a white male who identified himself as Vinnie was located.

Vinnie asked the UC Agents to sign in and Agent I noticed a sign on the counter stating that it was $10 for $10 “match play”.

The agent proceeded to a machine which was identified by printed numbers machine # 17. The agent inserted $10.00 of US Currency derived from investigative funds and $10.00 dollars of “house money” provided to me by Vinnieinto the bill feeder, which immediately activated the machine showing a current balance of $20.00. This machine was a video simulated Las Vegas Style Slot Machine. The agent engaged in this machine for several minutes where the agent observed each spin required no skill from the user but instead relied upon chance or luck as to whether money was gained or lost. At the conclusion of gameplay, The agent initiated the cash-out procedure where a ticket was printed. The agent brought the ticket to Vinnie where he handed me $19 in United States Currency.

Note: From this gaming machine AgentJ won $9.00 dollars (which was the “house
money”)

After cashing out my winnings Vinnie engaged in conversation with us and told us about “big money” machines that could pay out $10,000.00 dollars right there on the spot. Your affiant and the agent exited the establishment and proceeded to a de-briefing location. While at the de-briefing location, Agent I returned to your affiant $100 of investigative funds your affiant provided the Agent along with the $9.00 in United States Currency that Agent “won” while gambling at Crowne Arcade. The agent also downloaded the audio/video recording from this operation and turned it over to your affiant. Please refer to the audio/video recording for complete detail of this operation.

PREDICATE INCIDENT THREE:

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, PBSO Agent, attended a Gambling buy/walk Operational Briefing, at an undisclosed location within Palm Beach County, Florida. During the briefing, it was determined that an Agent in an undercover capacity (U.C), would enter the business; “Crowne Arcade” located at 8890-A Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. The agent was provided audio/video surveillance equipment, along with $80.00 dollars (eighty dollars) of investigative funds which were provided to Agent Jjby your affiant. It should be noted that on January 20, 2022, the agent previously assisted in an undercover capacity at Crowne Arcade in investigating an illegal gambling operation. 

Agents drove to Crowne Arcade located at 8890-A Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, Florida. As I approached the Crowne Arcade and noticed two front doors to the establishment. Agents entered the, unlocked, door to the right. Upon entering the establishment, Agents observed an open floorplan consisting of video slot machines, which are known to agents games of chance through my training and experience of previously working these types of investigations. The layout was consistent with the layout from the operation that was conducted on 01-20-2022. Just inside the door, to the right of the establishment was the cashier area however no one was behind the desk at this time. Agents signed in at the front desk and then walked around the establishment for several minutes until a white male holding a very large amount of United States Currency in his hands enters the room from a side door to the right rear of this establishment (the door is marked “employees”) and walks over to the agents. Agents recognize this individual as the same male met during our undercover operation on 01/20/2022 who identified himself to Agents as “Vinnie”.

Agents immediately identified Vinnie as Edvin Tomini DOB 04-09-1976 by his Florida Driver’s License. Vinnie greets Agent] and tells Agent that the daily specials are 10 for 10. By Agent training and experience this is known to Agents as “Match Play” where the customer gambles $10 of their money and the house provides $10 of house money. Vinnie advises Agent to find a machine and he will meet the agents at the machine. While the Agent was looking for a gaming machine to play Agent saw a tall, thin lady with short hair exit the same door Vinnie came out of and stand at the counter. Later, Agent identified this woman as Marquita Margadonna DOB 12-14-1955 by her Florida Driver’s License.

Agent at machine #43, Vinnie advises Agents that all their machines “Only accept cash and not vouchers”. The agent starts to put two five-dollar bills into the machine but the first one would not go into the machine so Vinnie takes the money from Agent and inserts both of my five-dollar bills and then inserts one ten-dollar bill from the house money. The machine Agent chose to play has multiple games on it, Agent chose the game “Triple Sevens”. The object of the game is to hit the play button and the wheels start spinning then one has to hit the stop button and the wheels line up with different objects on them if you get a match you win. This game appears to have no skill involved and is a game of pure chance. The agent played this game for several minutes. While doing so it appears that Marquita and “Vinnie” go outside the establishment for several minutes. Agents switched the game to “Super Double Up”, still on machine #43. Marquita and Vinnie return inside the arcade and both walk by Agent I, while doing so, Marquita smiles at Agent and said “Hi”. This is where Agent got a good look at her face and was able to positively identify. Marquita enters the back room where Agent sees her open the refrigerator. Vinnie and Agent, I make small talk, and when he entered the back room. Agent hit the “Cash-Out Voucher” button, which said Agent]has $14 in cash coming back to her.

The agent was going to play a different machine but needed to wait to get to “Cashed Out”. While waiting, Agentstarted chatting with a female patron that just walked in, she wanted assistance so she knocked on the door where “Vinnie” and Marquita were and Vinnie came out to assist her.

At this point, the agent decides to no longer “gamble” and walk up to Vinnie and cash out. The agent handed Vinnie her cash-out voucher. He proceeded to tell the agent he works doubles and the busiest days at the arcade are Fridays and Saturdays. The most he has paid out is $12,000. Vinnie then handed Agent $14 in United States Currency.

Note: From the gaming machine Agent |won $4.00 (which was the “house money”) Agent exited the establishment and proceeded to a de-briefing location.

While at the debriefing location Agent [Jreturned to your affiant $80 of investigative funds he provided the agent along with the $4.00 in United States Currency that Agent ‘won” while gambling at Crowne Arcade. The agent also downloaded the audio/video recording from this operation and turned it over to your affiant. Please refer to the audio/video recording for complete detail of this operation.

PREDICATE INCIDENT FOUR:

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Agent [)met with PBSO your affiant, Sgt. Myers, and Agent IM, for a pre-operational briefing related to illegal gambling occurring at Crowne Arcade 8890 — A, Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, Florida. Agent (the role was to enter the arcade and attempt to gamble and determine if the illegal act was still occurring. Your affiant provided Agent[with $140.00 in the United States currency that he said was obtained from the Sheriff’s investigative fund account. At 1:39 p.m., Agent BEentered the arcade and was immediately greeted by a Caucasian, female, in her thirties; she advised Agent that he needed to sign in; there was a spiral notebookpositioned on the countertop for this purpose. She asked “hey man, are you going to do the 10 for 10 match play?” She greets Agent and asked Agent if he was gonnaplay to the daily special 10 for 10. By Agent [MMtraining and experience this is known to Agent [Jas “Match Play” where the customer gambles $10 of their money and the house provides $10 of house money. During this conversation, the employee subsequently identified herself to the Agent as “Heather.”

Agents observed an open floor plan with a separate adjoining room; positioned along the walls were multiple electronic gambling devices known to Agents as “ Las Vegas-style slot machines; they were emitting a variety of sounds and flashing lights, and displayed a video screen with an assortment of symbols that rotated and stopped intermittently. These “slot machines” are similar to the “slot machines” Agent Bloeser has encountered in game arcades located throughout Palm Beach County.

Agents selected a slot machine marked # 19, titled “ULTIMATE FIRE LINK.” Heather walked to where Agentwas seated and inserted the United States $10.00 dollar bill into the bill acceptor/ validator; this is an electromechanical device that reads the bill denomination and activates the slot machine. Agents followed Heather’s cue and inserted a $10.00 bill, derived from investigative funds. Using the bet selector Agents placed their bets and placed multiple bets until losing the $20.00. The agent then selected a different Las Vegas-style gaming machine, marked # 7, “MULTI GAME;” and inserted a $10.00 bill, derived from investigative funds. Agents subsequently placed multiple bets, losing the $10.00 dollars. Agents took a pause in gambling and left the arcade at 2:00 p.m., to confer with each other.

At 2:29 p.m., Agent [Jre-entered the Crowne Arcadeto to continue gambling. The agent selected arcade machine #15, identified as “Firelink” and inserted the U.S., $50.00 bill. At 2:46 p.m., after placing multiple bets and losing Agent [J“cashed out” by pushing the button marked “cash-out”; and received a printed Crowne Arcade “CASH OUT VOUCHER?” for $40.70. Agent{Jmoved to a different Las Vegas-style gaming and selected an arcade slot machine marked #6 and inserted a $50.00 bill; after placing multiple bets Agents played until losing $30.00 and then cashed out by pushing the button marked “cash out;” in return, Agents received a printed Crowne Arcade “CASH OUT” voucher for $20.00. The agents walked to the customer service counter and informed Heather, that he wanted to “cash out.” Heather reached underneath the counter and retrieved $60.00 in United States paper bills; she systematically counted out $60.00 in currency. The rule in adult game arcades is the arcade retains any amount of money less than $1.00, and therefore she gave Agent $70. At 2:45 p.m., Agents left the arcade and met with your affiant returning the remainder of the investigative funds totaling $80.00.

My aforementioned activity was captured by means of a digital media recording device; it was downloaded and preserved as evidence.

FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES

Through investigative resources your affiant obtained a Broward County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report # 90-1808-003821), which documents that on March 18, 2021, Vincenzo P. Magnone (DOB:3-23-1984) was served with a lawfully obtained search warrant for the Crowne Arcade8890 Lawrence Rd. Boynton Beach, Fl. 33436, and his residence is located at 9899 Coronado Lake Drive, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. Documents obtained from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office also document that Vincenzo Magnonewas arrested for Bookmaking, Conspiracy to commit Bookmaking, Use of a 2-way communication device to facilitate a Felony, and Keeping a Gambling House. Vincenzo Magnoneplead guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation.

Within the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Crime Report # 90-1808-003821, it is documented that during the course of Broward County Sheriff’s Office undercover operations, Vincenzo Magnone divulged to Broward County Sheriff’s Detective Venezia, that he has utilized the illegal proceeds derived from the bookmaking operation to invest in multiple business ventures, which included arcades, located in Palm Beach County. Vincenzo Magnone further revealed that these arcades house casino-style slot machines, which accept and pay out cash. Having knowledge this unlicensed casino is not operating legally in Palm Beach County, Vincenzo Magnone operates it under the rouse of an “Entertainment Only” establishment, which houses games of skill, not games of chance. Vincenzo Magnone has utilized Crowne Arcade located at 8890 Lawrence Rd. Boynton Beach, FI. 33436 on multiple occasions to meet with Broward County Sheriff’s Detective Venezia to pay and collect money won and lost through his illegal bookmaking operation. During one such meeting, Vincenzo Magnone advised Detective Venezia that the machines at Crowne Arcade are worth an estimated $200,000 and the location creates a positive cash flow. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office established probable cause that the Crowne Arcade is owned and operated by Vincenzo Magnoneand the location is utilized to facilitate illegal bookmaking and gambling operations while providing the guise of a legitimate business.

** Let it be noted that Marquita Margadonnais the manager of the Crowne Arcade and was present during the March 2021 search warrant and arrest operation, BSO Crime Report # 90-1808-003821. Per BSO Marquita Margadonna was aware of Magnone’s illegal bookmaking and gambling operations and would facilitate it by utilizing the arcade to conduct pay/collect meetings, store cash-filled envelopes for bookmaking customers and run the day to day operations of the illegal casino that is present within the arcade.

**Note: During Undercover Operations conducted by PBSO, Agent(s) haveverified that there are over 30 (thirty) operational Las Vegas-style Slot Machines within the Arcade.

An inquiry of the State of Florida, Division of Corporations: SUNBIZ, database revealed that CROWNEE ARCADE LLC was established on August 22, 2019, and is a for-profit Limited Liability Company (LLC), (FEV/EIN # L19000215291), with a principal and mailing address of 8890 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. The Registered Agent of the Limited Liability Company is identified as Vincenzo Magnone of 9899 Coronado Lake Drive, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. Through investigative means, an Ohio Driver’s License (# TK822978) was discovered for w/m Vincenzo P. Magnone (DOB: 03-23-1984).

A Search of the Palm Beach County Tax Collector database documented that the Palm Beach County Business Tax (License # 20201244383) for Florida Crowne Arcade LLC, located at 8890 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436 is listed as an Amusement Vending Machine Operator (71-011) and has actively held a Tax Certificate since November 14, 2019. 

On November 22, 2021, at 09:04 am, your affiant observed a white female (later identified through investigative means as Marquita Margadonna) exiting a Toyota, 4 door Station Wagon, Bearing Florida Tag: Z69-FFQ, in the parking lot of the Crowne Arcade, located at 8890-A Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. During surveillance, your affiant observed Marquita approach the arcade and utilize a key to unlock the door, and enter the arcade. The investigation and your affiant’s analysis of subpoenaed financial records associated with the Crowne Arcade revealed illicit proceeds of the gambling operation are being used to further promote the activity by way of paying rent, utilities, and other expenses associated with the illegal gambling activities thereby integrating the illicit funds to furtherance the illegal gaming establishment.

During this investigation a Subpoena was issued to Florida Power and Light (FPL)for documents pertaining to the Crowne Arcade; 8890-A Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436, to which FPL responded by producing true copies of records pertaining to the regularly conducted business activity of the Crowne Arcade. An analysis of the subpoenaed documents revealed the FPL Account for the Crowne Arcade was established on November 16, 2018, under; SSN/Tax ID # REan linking a phone number of(561) 674-2993, an email of [email protected], and a TD Bank Account with a routing # and a bank account # to the FPL account. Through investigative means, it was discovered that the phone number listed on the FPL account (561-674-2993) belongs to Marquita Margadonna. In reference to the TD Bank Account documented on the FPL records for the Crowne Arcade LLC and through your affiant’s training and experience your affiant knows that Federal Law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. Subsequently, a financial subpoena was issued and received for TD Bank Account #3 which revealed Marquita Margadonna (DOB: December 14, HB) is the sole signatory of this account.

The investigation has shown that the arcade at 8890 Lawrence Rd., Boynton Beach, Florida 33436 serves as a commercial gambling establishment, evidenced by the fact that illegal casino-style slot machines that receive and pay cash are housed and currently being utilized within the business. The employee(s) within the establishment cash out customers utilizing U.S. currency and do not offer any other form of compensation.

There is probable cause to believe that Vincenzo Magnone & Marquita Margadonna did by himself/herself, his/her servant, clerk or agent, or in any other manner, keep, exercise, or maintain a gaming table or room, or gaming implements or apparatus, or house, booth, tent, shelter or other place for the purpose of gaming or gambling or did in any place of which he/she may directly or indirectly have charge, control, or management, either exclusively or with others, procure, suffer or permit any person to play for money or another valuable thing at any game whatever, whether heretofore prohibited or not, contrary to Florida Statute 849.01.

There is probable cause to believe that Vincenzo Magnone & Marquita Margadonnadid act as servant(s), clerk(s), agent(s), or employee(s) of any person in the keeping, exercising, or maintaining of a gaming table or room, or gaming implements or apparatus, or house, booth, tent, shelter or another place for the purpose of gaming or gambling did act as servant(s), clerk(s), agent(s), or employee(s) of any person in any place of which that person may directly or indirectly have charge, control or management, either exclusively or with others, procure, suffer or permit any person to play for money or another valuable thing at any game whatever, whether heretofore prohibited or not, contrary to Florida Statute 849.02.

There is probable cause to believe that Vincenzo Magnone & Marquita Margadonna did manufacture, own, store, keep, possess, sell, rent, lease, let on shares, lend or give away, transport, or expose for sale or lease, or offer to sell, rent, lease, let on shares, lend or give away, or permit the operation of, or did permit to be placed, maintained, or used or kept in any room, space, or building owned, leased, or occupied by Vincenzo Magnoneor under Vincenzo Magnone’s and Marquita Margadonna’s management or control, any slot machine(s) or device(s) or any part thereof, contrary to Florida Statute 849.15 and 849.23

**NOTE: Per Florida Statute 849.16(1) “slot machine or device” means any machine or device or system or network of devices that are adapted for use in such a way that, upon activation, which may be achieved by, but is not limited to, the insertion of any piece of money, coin, account number, code, or other object or information, such device or system is directly or indirectly caused to operate or may be operated and if the user, whether by application of skill or by reason of any element of chance or any other outcome unpredictable by the user, may: (a) Receive or become entitled to receive any piece of money, credit, allowance, or thing of value, or any check, slug, token, or memorandum, whether of value or otherwise, which may be exchanged for any money, credit, allowance, or thing of value or which may be given in trade.

Based on the above evidence there is probable cause to believe that Vincenzo Magnone & Marquita Margadonnadid launder money with financial transactions totaling or exceeding $300 but less than $20,000 in any 12- month period, and knowing that the property involved in a financial transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, conduct or attempt to conduct such a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity with the intent to promote the carrying on of the specified unlawful activity, contrary to Florida Statute 896.101(3) and (5){a).

All exhibits and evidence obtained in this financial investigation have been placed in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office evidence room. Based on the above information your affiant submitted this affidavit to the fifteenth Judicial Court, Office of the State Attorney requesting a warrant issued for the above felony charges.

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