The Lucky 7 Arcades in Danvers and Gloucester cannot reopen under current law, and the corporation has been placed on three years' probation.
But Lucky 7 and the Parisi family that owned and operated them before being shut down by police and the Attorney General’s Office last year will get back most of their assets under a memorandum of agreement reached this morning in Gloucester District Court. The agreement does not include any admission of wrongdoing by the family or the corporation.
The arcades 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 businesses had been operating for six years on Rogers Street in Gloucester and for about 10 months at the liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.
John Swomley, the Parisis’ lawyer, and John Verner, chief of the criminal bureau for the Attorney General's Office, met briefly in Gloucester District Court to submit their agreement.
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 will not be able to keep some specific gaming circuit boards.
For more information, see tomorrow's Salem News.