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Wake couple faces felony charges for video poker in Cumberland Co.

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The "Oasis" on Chickenfoot Road south of Fayetteville The "Oasis" on Chickenfoot Road south of Fayetteville
Cecil Alfred Parker Jr. Cecil Alfred Parker Jr.
Cathy Parker Cathy Parker
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

The Cumberland County Grand Jury has issued felony indictments against a Wake County couple, Cecil Alfred Parker Jr. and Cathy Parker, for the operation of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and conspiracy to conduct gambling operations and to obstruct justice arising from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office's ongoing investigation of illegal gambling, Cumberland County officials said.

Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler indicated that these arrests are the first in a series of additional indictments stemming from the raids and seizures conducted by the Sheriff's Office earlier this year. Butler said many of these gambling operations are "a form of organized crime, and we intend to stop them."

"We're still very active in our investigation," Butler said. "We'll continue, and as long as we think there's this operation in the county we're going to continue this type of operation."

The indictments charge that Al Parker, Cathy Parker, and Doug Guy owned and operated Oasis Sweepstakes located at 3451 Chicken Foot Road, Hope Mills. According to the indictments, Guy and the Parkers placed video poker machines and other illegal gambling devices on the Oasis premises and paid cash winnings to players of the video poker and other illegal gambling machines in violation of the North Carolina General Statutes.

"Money is what all of this is about," Butler said. "There's large sums of money that have been made and I'm sure they think will continued to be made, and they're willing to take the chance."

The indictments further allege that the Parkers were organizers and managers of the illegal gambling business which employed more than five employees when Sheriff's Deputies seized 33 "Pot O' Gold," video poker, and other gambling machines from Oasis Sweepstakes during the execution of a search warrant on April 8.

The indictments also charge that Al and Cathy Parker conspired with Doug Guy and others to obstruct justice by alteration of evidence during a felony investigation by removing parts of illegal video gaming machines in a plan or scheme to present illegal video gaming machines or gambling devices as lawful items of property. 

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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