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Two Sisters Over Sixty Sentenced to 63 Months for Bingo Misconduct

On Wednesday, December 6, 2006, two Madison County residents were sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison and ordered to pay over $30,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for skimming proceeds from bingo games held at the Jackpot Bingo Hall in Waco, which were intended for charity.

On September 21, 2006, 64 year old, Rita Tipton and her sister, 65 year old, Gloria Williams, were convicted by the federal jury on charges of several counts of mail fraud and income tax evasion. The Prosecution said that both Tipton and Williams operated the Jackpot Charity Bingo in Madison County and used the place to hold a series of schemes, like selling illegal pull-tab games, which are similar to scratch off lottery tickets, and stashed away the money for their own use.

The two then used that money to sustain their gambling habit at the area river boats. Tipton and Williams have maintained their innocence throughout the trial and claim that the money they spent on gambling activities was either money they already won during gambling or the money that Tipton's boyfriend left her. The two were also ordered by Judge Coffman to pay $32,000 and $48,000 in taxes respectively. They may appeal the verdict of the Jury.


Sunday, February 18, 2007
Karen Jacobs

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