Two more people were arrested Friday morning during the continuing investigation into alleged illegal gambling in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.
Kenneth Oglesby, 48, and Roberta Lowe, 46, both worked for Fun Time/Taj Mahal, located in the Jefferson Square Shopping Center, Sheriff’s Lt. Jennifer Carr said in a probable-cause affidavit that was presented in court Friday morning.
Another suspect, Belinda Kolaczawski, 54, who was arrested late Wednesday night, also appeared in court Friday morning. She worked as the manager at Lucky’s Pot of Gold at 4210 W. 28th Ave., according to a probable-cause affidavit from Investigator Dennis Kendall.
Regarding Orglesby and Lowe, Carr said in the affidavit that on May 18, an officer with the Star City Police Department, who was working undercover with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department entered the Taj Mahal and was given a plastic card or phone type card, then directed to an ATM where the agent inserted cash that was loaded onto the card.
The undercover agent then went to one of the casino-type machines, inserted the card and uploaded funds into the machine, and was able to monitor his or her progress in winning or losing money on the machine.
The affidavit said that when the agent finished playing, he or she gave the card to an employee of the business and was paid cash equivalent to the amount that was recorded on the machine.
A different agent from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department entered the business on July 30, and the procedures at that time were the same as the other agent had reported, Carr said.
In the case of Kolaczawski, the affidavit said undercover agents reported that funds were loaded directly into the machines, and winners would receive credits that were paid in $5 increments on “Lucky’s” cards. An employee would then follow the player to a hallway and exchange the cards for cash.
According to the affidavit, Kolaczawski had $9,000 in cash on her person when she was arrested.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $1,500 bond for Oglesby, Lowe and Kolaczawski after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge all three with keeping a gambling house, a Class D felony. That bond was the same as the bond set for all of the other suspects in the investigation except one, Jeffery Fuller, whose bond was set at $5,000.