County Attorney Negotiates Settlement on Illegal Gambling Operation

September 16, 2021 - The Shelby County Attorney's Office has negotiated a settlement September 16, 2021, involving the alleged illegal gambling activities uncovered by Shelby County Constables on September 5, 2021.

Through a hearing held before 123rd Judicial District Judge LeAnne K. Rafferty, Gary Rholes, Shelby County Attorney, and criminal defense lawyer Sean Hightower, representing Fardeen Sayani, worked out the arrangements and according to Rholes the court order allows him to administer those funds to help law enforcement.

"I'd just like to thank all law enforcement who worked on this and Honorable Judge LeAnne Rafferty for affording us a quick hearing," said Rholes.

Constable Cheatwood said he and County Attorney Rholes have been working on this together from day one.

"We just want to thank the citizens of our precincts, for working with our offices on illegal activity going on in Shelby County," said Constable Cheatwood.

Rholes said around $16,000 and 16 gaming machines have been relenquished in the arranged settlement. 

Constable Cheatwood thanked several law enforcement officers and agencies for helping with the operation.

"I want to give thanks to Jamie Hagler, Constable Precinct 2; Josh Tipton, Constable Precinct 5, for working with me to begin what started in my precinct; Taylor Fanguy, Constable Precinct 4; Scott Burkhalter, Tenaha Police Department; Billy Lusk, Timpson ISD Police Department; Texas Department of Public Safety; Bryan Murff, Panola County Constable for coming and checking on my well-being," said Cheatwood.

Constable Josh Tipton mirrored Cheatwood’s appreciation of the other officers and agencies and in addition, he and Constable Cheatwood wanted to thank Sgt. Cody Muse. 

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