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July 8, 2014

Settlement: Lucky 7 gets back $150K in assets but can't reopen

Agreement between owners, AG defines no guilt or wrongdoing

The Lucky 7 arcades in Gloucester and Danvers cannot reopen under current law, and the corporation that operates them has been placed on three years’ probation.

But Lucky 7 and the Parisi family that owned and operated the facilities before being shut down by state and local police and the attorney general’s Office last year will get back most of their assets under a memorandum of agreement signed Tuesday morning in Gloucester District Court. The agreement does not include any admission of guilt or wrongdoing by the family or the Lucky 7 corporation.

The legal battle that spanned more than a year came to an end Tuesday when the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley and the owners of the Lucky 7 Arcade reached an agreement.

The arcades in Gloucester and Danvers were shut down last June, and the corporation was charged with organizing and promoting a lottery and unlawful operation of a game or gaming device.

The Parisis’ lawyer, John Swomley, and John Verner, the chief of the criminal bureau for the AG’s office, met briefly in Gloucester District Court to submit their agreement. The sentence is pretrial probation, not the more traditional probation that comes after a court finding of wrongdoing.

Gloucester resident Rosalie Parisi is the owner of the family-run arcade businesses that had been operating for six years on Rogers Street in Gloucester and for 10 months at Danvers’ Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers. Her daughter, Janine Parisi Brooks, managed the Gloucester arcade.

$150K in assets

The agreement means the Parisis will get back an estimated $150,000 in assets that had been seized by the state, Rosalie Parisi said. Swomley said the company, however, will not be able to keep some specific gaming circuit boards.

Under the agreement, the company and employees must adhere to state laws related to gaming and cannot open, engage in, or work for any business that violates those laws, according to the AG’s office — even through the family did not admit to any guilt or wrongdoing. If the AG determined that probation was violated, the case would go back on track for a trial.

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