May 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A St. Cloud businessman has been sentenced to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay a $900 fine for operating what has been determined to be an illegal gambling operation.
KNSI spoke with Stearns County Court Administration, which confirmed that Steve Ehlen, one of 4 owners of Triple Crown Sweepstakes in St. Cloud's Centennial Plaza, did receive the above charges following a 10 am court appearance on Friday.
Ehlen was convicted in March of four felonies and four gross misdemeanors for operating an illegal gambling imporium.
Triple Crown Sweepstakes opened last summer, and within a month was investigated and shut down by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.
Ehlen and partners insisted the business was not a lottery, but a fixed sweepstates-style business set up to provide charitable donations.
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