Cuyahoga County

County seizes $1.1 million in stashed cash from gambler Martin Sarcyk following guilty plea

Cleveland -- Martin Sarcyk lost $1.1 million Wednesday on a bad bet.

Sarcyk, 63, of North Royalton, pleaded guilty to seven gambling-related charges involving a large-scale investigation into video-slot machines. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Deena Calabrese will sentence him Jan. 12.

Calabrese said she is considering a term of 18 months in prison, though prosecutors are expected to argue for a longer sentence. Mark DeVan, Sarcyk's attorney, is expected to argue for less time. Sarcyk pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering and four counts of gambling. DeVan declined to comment after the hearing.

Authorities targeted Sarcyk as part of a number of raids involving Internet gambling that stretched to Wayne County. In all, authorities handled 15 search warrants. Sarcyk was arrested during one of the raids -- at his business in Cleveland.

"This is just the beginning of the investigation,'' said Carl Sullivan, an assistant county prosecutor. He declined to discuss an investigation that he called ongoing.

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