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Ante up! Former sheriff guilty of video poker extortion conspiracy

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In May, a federal jury in Asheville found former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford guilty of money laundering, conspiracy and extortion following charges that Medford squeezed “protection” money from operators of illegal video poker machines.

Prosecutors charged Medford with pocketing more than $500,000 from western North Carolina business owners who allegedly paid the sheriff to turn a blind eye to illegal gambling on their premises. Numerous witnesses testified they made payments to Medford.

Demetre Theodossis, who pleaded guilty to illegally making millions off video gaming, said he gave Medford about $1,000 a month so he could run poker machines at his Hot Dog King restaurants.

Medford’s trial lasted two weeks. The jury deliberated for just two hours. Medford could face life in prison.

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