The family that owns the closed-down Lucky 7 arcades in Danvers and Gloucester rejected a plea agreement offer from the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, while continuing to fight the gaming charges facing the business, a family member said.
Sam Parisi, whose wife Rosalie is owner of the two arcades that were raided and shut down by local and state police last June, said the Lucky 7 corporation, listed as the defendant in the case, was offered a deal by the AG’s office roughly one month ago.
He did not specify a settlement amount or any other details of the offer.
“It wasn’t really that attractive,” Parisi said. “We didn’t feel good about it.”
Coakley’s office has charged Lucky 7 Arcade with organizing and promoting a lottery and unlawful operation of a game or gaming device. The Parisis claim their gaming machines are not slot machines — that they involve skill. The AG’s office is asserting that there is no skill involved in the games.
While the arcades — in Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers and on Rogers Street in Gloucester — were shut down in June, the charges were not outlined until January. In the raids, authorities seized all of the Lucky 7 corporation’s assets, including the motherboards for games that offered customers the chance to win gift certificates to local businesses, but not cash.
Coakley’s office declined to comment on this story, but the attorney general confirmed during a visit to Gloucester on Sunday to speak at a local Democratic Party breakfast that “discussions” were ongoing with the Parisis’ attorney.
Rosalie Parisi is due back in Gloucester District Court on May 20 for a pretrial hearing.