Indictments part of Attorney General's office continuing investigation of Internet Cafe

Jan. 31, 2011 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2011 at 7:31 p.m.

Six people, including a Victoria attorney, were indicted last week on charges of running an illegal gambling operation.

Five of those charged operated the Victoria Internet Café. The sixth was their attorney, Frank Fitch Henderson, 44, of Victoria.

The Texas Attorney General has charged them with engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering over $200,000.

The Texas Attorney General is serving as attorney pro tem prosecuting the case, said Attorney General public information officer Tom Kelley, who declined to comment further.

Originally the case was in Victoria County District Attorney Steve Tyler's jurisdiction, but he turned it over to the AG's office.

"The Attorney General already had the bulk of the cases involving this enterprise. They've been working on them for some time, and they have a dedicated white collar crime division," said Tyler. "The AG was better suited to handle this case."

Henderson, who declined to comment, was released on $10,000 bail on Friday.

The charges against Henderson stem from his position as attorney for the Victoria Internet Café, which was closed because of suspected illegal gambling.

From April 28, 2008, to Feb. 19, 2009, Henderson, along with others, committed the offenses of gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device and possession of gambling paraphernalia, according to the indictment.

Additionally, the indictment said Henderson knowingly acquired, maintained, concealed, possessed, transferred and transported the proceeds of criminal activity.

Other people indicted in connection with the case are Jane Ellie Lewis, 49; Steve D. Marston, 57; Christopher Shawn Fellows, 41; Paul H. Carter, 75, and William Sue, whose age was not available as of Monday evening.



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