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Charges: Salt Lake convenience store manager had slot machines

A convenience store owner was charged Monday with using gaming devices at his business, according to billing documents. (Neirfy, Shutterstock)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of using slot machines at his Salt Lake convenience store was charged with a criminal charge on Monday.

Ranjit Kahler, 54, of West Valley City, was charged Monday in the 3rd District Court by the Utah Attorney General’s Office with five counts of having a fringe gambling device, four felonies in the third degree and a class A misdemeanor.

Undercover police detectives went to the Pennywise convenience store, 1245 S. 900 West, beginning in November and found “20 game consoles with four devices strapped together and affixed to a single tabletop display at five different stations throughout the The machines are labeled as “entertainment devices” but are actually slot machines where the player inserts money and attempts to win a cash prize above their investments,” according to billing documents.

Winners are then paid in cash by store employees, depending on the fee.

Kahler is the store manager, according to prosecutors. The state is also seeking forfeiture of property that was seized from the store when officers served search warrants, including more than $27,000 in cash, 20 gaming devices and five tabletop displays.

Pat Reavy is a longtime police and court reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years reporting for the Deseret News

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