Lawmaker’s Brother, Three Others Charged In Gambling Probe

Thursday, July 14, 2011 – Robert Lang
The brother of Baltimore County Delegate Sonny Minnick is among four people charged into alleged illegal gambling taking place at a bar and restaurant the lawmaker owns with his wife and  brother.

Police say Daniel Minnick is listed on the permit application for four video poker machines at Minnick’s Restaurant in Dundalk.

An employee and two customers of the restaurant are also charged.  They are Diana Mills Anthony, Richard George Bell, and John Edward Wiessner Jr. 

Baltimore County Police detectives observed these three individuals either playing the games, maintaining the machines, or making payouts during the investigation. 

Minnick’s had been under investigation since May when police received an anonymous tip about the gambling activity. Police raided the bar on June 29.

The case is being referred to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for further review.  That office has referred the case to another state’s attorney’s office with no connection to Baltimore County.

Daniel Minnick refused to comment about the case when reached by WBAL’s David Collins last week.

Daniel Minnick faces six separate misdemeanor charges, including four charges of possession and maintaining illegal slot machines, one county of gambling and one count for failing to display the permit for the machines.

According to court documents, Anthony faces one misdemeanor count of possession and maintenance of an illegal slot machine. Wissener faces the same single charge.  Bell faces one charges of possession and maintenance of an illegal slot machine, and one count of illegal gambling.

Each of those charged received a criminal summons and all will appear in Baltimore County District Court on September 27.

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