Garden Grove Police Sued in Little Saigon Gaming Raid Case

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The Los Angeles based owners of 57 gaming machines seized in March by Garden Grove police and California Department of Justice is suing authorities in Orange County Superior Court for the return of the equipment.

Attorneys for Intelligame, LLC. claim in an April 28 complaint that the cops had no right to take the machines "because they are not gambling or lottery devices and the user of the seized machines does not receive any piece of money, credit or thing of value . . ."

Lawyer Stephen H. Mattern also said the company wants the return of money contained in the machines when they were seized from Cafe Di Vang 2, Cafe Di Vang 3, Cafe Dien Anh, Cafe Sao, Cafe Lovers, Eden Cafe, GZ Cafe, Miss Saigon cafe, Missi Cafe, Sky Cafe and Stars Cafe.

The 11 cafes--popular with Vietnamese Americans--are in Garden Grove.

Court files show the case has been assigned to Superior Court Judge Charles Margines.

Government officials have not yet responded to the lawsuit, but police have previously said that cafe employees converted gaming machines into illegal gambling devices.

If Margines determines that the machines were properly seized, police are entitled to destroy them.

Go HERE to see prior related coverage by the Weekly's Matt Coker.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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Sami2
Sami2

these pigs should stick with there donuts

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Rogue Dictator
Rogue Dictator

What a disgrace, Garden Grove is CRAWLING withh illegal alien lawbreakers and welfare frauds and all the cops manage to do is phfuq up a few Pachinko machines? What a joke. The "authorities" are busy aiding and abetting known illegal aliens, which is a felony count for each one, gobbling their chodas, but the dinks who are here legally have their schitt stolen by the cops. What a total disgrace.

Bob4barb
Bob4barb

Do they check passports at the door to ensure only Vietnamese with citizenship are allowed in?

Cv38a
Cv38a

I believe that about 40% of the patrons at Pechanga are Vietnamese.  What a waste of their money.  No wonder they have two or three families per house, they don't have the money to rent or buy a home.  1-800-GAMBLER !!  Operators are standing by and they speak vietnamese, which is a good thing. 

Tom
Tom

P.S.   Good job Garden Grove Police!!!!!

Petit Bourgeois
Petit Bourgeois

 I guess Coker likes hanging out at those little establishments.

Tom
Tom

if it's not Nevada or American Indian it's gone!

silly_rabbit_22
silly_rabbit_22

@Rogue Dictator u think police are here to serve and protect? nope. they're out to make money for the city and whoever is up there callin the shots. catching illegal aliens don't bring in any dough. here and there they'll catch a few obvious bad guys but thats small part of their job. these raids meant pay day for them, it wasnt to protect the residents lol

R. Mutt
R. Mutt

 Rogue DIck Tater, YOU are the disgrace.  "Dink" ?  . . .  You dumb Wigger.  Go back to your trailer & play with your dumb video games, you weak little punk.    I hope some south of the border tough guy kicks your weak butt.

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