A Washington man was arrested Wednesday after investigators from the Indiana Gaming Commission's Gaming Control Division received anonymous tips in March of 2014 about alleged booking and illegal gambling.
Roger Padgett, 59, was arrested by the Daviess County Sheriff's Department on a warrant for four counts of professional gaming and posted the $5,000 bond.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Padgett is the sole proprietor of the Tuxedo Bar, located at the corner of South and Fourth streets. An investigation was initiated that included surveillance and close observation by undercover officers, trash pulls and other information gathering efforts. The investigation began in 2014 and wrapped up in 2018.
The affidavit states that Padgett and a group of associates were conducting the gambling activities openly at the Tuxedo Bar, a Washington restaurant and another restaurant in Jasper.
Court documents said officers conducted a trash pull at the Tuxedo and inside a bag in the trash receptacle found torn pieces of paper with handwritten notes the officer found to be consistent with bookmaking. Additional trash pulls were conducted throughout the investigation. Those pulls turned up pieces of paper with suspected betting records and suspected bettors among other things.
On Oct. 8. 2014, a gaming control officer conducted a trash pull at Padgett's residence. That pull turned up documents with lists of sports teams, NASCAR betting pool sheets, names of suspected bettors and numerical amounts that were indicative of sports betting.
Undercover officers also witnessed conversations in public settings by Padgett and his associates openly discussing the outcomes of games and sporting events and discussing money owed. They witnessed Padgett pay and collect money from various people.
Affidavits also state that Gambling Control Officers saw Padgett use a local business to obtain his betting sheets.
Throughout the course of the investigation, undercover officers placed bets and paid Padgett for lost wagers and even observed the auction of the teams slated for the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Tuxedo. Undercover officers also continued to place bets with Padgett throughout the investigation.
In addition to the undercover bets placed with Padgett, the Indiana Gaming Commission also obtained and served three separate search warrants for phone records.
Gaming officers were able to identify 33 individuals who corresponded with Padgett in regards to sports wagering. Those individuals were located in multiple counties of southwestern Indiana and another resides outside the state of Indiana.
Through the Indiana Department of Revenue, certified copies of Padgett's personal state income tax forms as well as state corporate tax and sales tax forms for the Tuxedo were obtained for 2014 to 2018. Those records show Padgett as the sole employee of the bar but officers observed others working there during the investigation.
No court date has been set for Padgett.