GBI searching for Columbus couple in connection with gambling raid

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still looking for two people in Columbus in connection with a gambling bust.

Big Dawg Calling Cards is now under investigation by the GBI thanks to a push by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to crackdown on illegal gambling.

GBI Special Agent Joe Chesnut told News Leader 9  that Big Dawg Calling Cards was breaking the law. "During the course of our undercover investigation we determined that these facilities were not operating within those provisions which constitute an illegal lottery and commercial gambling."

James Edward Kokott, 63, is the owner of Big Dawg Calling Cards turned himself into police in Rockdale County Tuesday. GBI agents say they are still looking for two others who they say helped Kokott start and run the illegal gambling operations across the state.

Agents say James Clemmons and Marilyn Clemmons, who haven't been charged, live in Columbus and are the managers of both Big Dawg locations.

News Leader 9 stopped by their home Wednesday. Cars were in the driveway but no one answered the door. Special Agent Chesnut says this is not the first time these internet cafes have popped up causing problems.

"We've had some complaints over the past few months of about these Internet sweepstakes that are opening up, they are basically promoting having an Internet sweepstake game going on," Agent Chesnut said.

Investigators say the business owners gambled and lost and now have to answer for the crime if anyone knows the whereabouts of James and Marilyn Clemmons they can contact the GBI at 770-830-1375.

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