Ala. (Legal Newsline) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Jan.
13 that the Mobile County Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the state in a case
against the MOWA band of Choctaw Native Americans (Choctaw Entertainment Center) in Mount Vernon.
“The Mobile Circuit Court agreed with the state that the MOWA band of Choctaw was operating illegal electronic bingo machines and
they must forfeit the 50 machines and a total of $10,090.47 seized from the
Choctaw Entertainment Center in Mount Vernon, Alabama,” Strange said.
“The funds seized from the illegal operations at the Choctaw
Entertainment Center will be transferred to the general fund of the state of
Alabama and the electronic bingo machines will be destroyed as directed by the
court,” Strange said.
in the case for Alabama were assistant attorney general John Kachelman of the
Criminal Trials Division, Mobile County district attorney Ashley Rich, and
agents of the Mobile Country Sheriff’s Office.
Band of the Choctaw of southwest Alabama are not recognized by the
federal government as a Native American tribe.