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State seeks cash, property in gambling case

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

A Decatur businessman accused of commercial gambling is expected back in Clayton County Superior Court, today, to fight forfeiture efforts by the state.

Sohail Sohani, 44, was charged April 16, 2010, when undercover agents were illegally paid in cash for winning on slot machines inside Sohani's Texaco store.

He was indicted for commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place and possession of a gambling device.

Sohani has filed a motion to disqualify the Clayton County District Attorney's Office from prosecuting his criminal charges, because he is battling the office in the civil forfeiture case. The criminal case is set for the Aug. 10 trial calendar.

As a result of his arrest, Clayton District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson filed a civil suit to take Sohani's property and cash.

Sohani is free on $30,000 bond.

-- Kathy Jefcoats