Kern warns Internet cafes: 'cease and desist all gambling'

Kern warns Internet cafes: 'cease and desist all gambling'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County District Attorney's Office sent a letter to Internet gaming cafes Monday to "immediately cease and desist all gambling activity ..."

Two years ago, the District Attorney's Office filed civil lawsuits against the businesses, claiming the "sweepstakes" they offer are really illegal gambling services.

Kern County Superior Court Judge William Palmer agreed, but the businesses - I-zone Internet Cafe, Oz Internet Cafe and Hub, and the A to Z Cafe - appealed the ruling.

Earlier this month, the Fifth Appellate District Court in Fresno found in favor of the county, and Monday's open letter to those sweepstakes cafes was the next step in the county shutting down the gaming operations.

The District Attorney's Office states that the "letter is to formally advise (sweepstakes cafes) that our office intends to pursue these violations."

In the letter, the county warns the businesses that gambling operations must stop by March 21 or it will "at our discretion and without further notice to you, conduct any further investigation, if necessary, and pursue the appropriate legal remedies on behalf of the people of California."