Four men charged after gambling raid on septic tank firm Betting slips, cash seized by police

November 01, 1992

Four Anne Arundel County men were arrested on gambling charges yesterday when police raided the offices of a Glen Burnie septic tank service after a six-week investigation of an illegal football wagering operation, police reported.

Armed with search-and-seizure warrants, detectives raided Cheryl's Septic Service Inc. in the 800 block of South Crain Highway at about 10:45 a.m. and seized football betting slips, tally cards, account books and more than $18,000 in cash, police said.

Those arrested on gambling and conspiracy charges were identified as:

William Salvatore Venizelos, 47, of the 300 block of Magothy Road, Severna Park; Michael Harry Bell, 36, of the 1700 block of Floral Court, Crofton; John George Christopolus, 49, of the 1600 block of Furnace Drive, Glen Burnie; and Paul Stephen Kummer, 43, of the 8400 block of Garden Road, Pasadena, police reported.

The raid was the culmination of a six-week investigation by vice squad Detectives William Corbett and Terry Crowe into illegal wagering on college and professional football games, police said.

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