A Florida woman is facing charges for allegedly running an illegal bookmaking operation at Caribbean Records in Boynton Beach. Alison J. Henry-Abner, 49, was arrested after a 7-month investigation by the Boynton Beach Police Violent Crimes Task Force, authorities said.
Printed gambling tickets and $6,100 in cash were among the items investigators seized from the store owned by Henry-Abner, at 558 E. Gateway Blvd. Cash bundles were found hidden in Henry-Abner’s car, inside a bathroom wall and in the office desks, according to the arrest report.
During police questioning, Henry-Abner admitted to taking about 100 bets and collecting between $3,000 and $5,000 per day.
She explained that her customers would choose up to four numbers and place bets on each number. There were at least 12 winning payouts, but the amounts were not disclosed in the arrest report. The winning combinations were based on the Florida Lottery commission’s daily drawings, police said.
Henry-Abner admitted to police that she deposited the betting money into her business bank account and worked alone in the store, but said she was only a “middle man,” and that she was paid up to a 10% cut of the money by a man she called Geo.
Henry-Abner was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $1,000 bond, records showed.