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Police in Haltom, Texas arrested four executives of a software development firm who were allegedly designing illegal internet gambling software.
Police raided the offices of HEST Technologies in a Fort Worth suburb on Friday. Among those arrested were: Company President Chris Canard, his wife Shannon Canard, Robert Houchin Jr., and Andrea Geist. All were charged with involvement in illegal gambling activities and were released on bond ranging from $4,500 to $28,000.
HEST Technologies develops promotions systems for internet cafes across the country. Many of these cafes are alleged to be offering illegal online gambling through their premises.
The raids were conducted by Texas authorities including the Texas Attorney General's Office, the Anderson County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.