Hooper resident, Florida man sentenced for putting gambling devices around Utah

Wednesday , March 21, 2018 - 7:56 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Two men admitted to putting gambling devices across Utah and generating nearly $1 million in proceeds. 

John Honeycutt, a 48-year-old Hooper resident, and Pierre Marcoux, a 38-year-old Delray Beach, Florida resident, both pleaded guilty on Jan. 26 to two counts promoting gambling, both class B misdemeanors.

Each entered a plea in abeyance to third-degree felony money laundering. A plea in abeyance is similar to a no contest plea, where the defendant must complete the terms of an agreement for a year in order for the charge to be dropped. 

Honeycutt and Marcoux were each ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and ordered to remove all gambling machines they placed around the state, according to a press release from the Utah Attorney General’s Office. The two were not sentenced to serve jail time.

In March 2017, law enforcement agencies served warrants and preservation orders to over 118 businesses around the state. The attorney general’s office seized over $900,000 in “illicit proceeds” generated from the video gaming devices, the release says. 

The investigation surrounding the arrests involved agencies around the state, including the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, Ogden Police, South Ogden Police and Roy Police, among others in Weber and Davis counties. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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