CARY, N.C. (WNNC) – A 54-year-old man is facing charges after state investigators said an illegal gambling hall in Cary has been posing as a charity fundraising organization.
The owner, Frank Stoltmann, is facing multiple charges.
The Department of Alcohol Law Enforcement started investigating Stoltmann after receiving complaints from citizens. ALE said he was operating Hayone Charity Funds as a gambling establishment.
Stoltmann started the organization in 2013 and obtained an ABC license.
In documents submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office for nonprofit status, Stoltmann described Hayone as a charity that helps other charities raise money.
According to Hayone’s Facebook page, they held several fundraisers, but ALE said the requested donation to participate was actually a buy-in.
The Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina is also listed on Hayone’s Facebook page.
The foundation’s CEO said Stoltmann did make a $200 donation to them in hopes they would team up and use his space for events, but they never did.
ALE investigators do not yet know if money raised for other charities actually made it to the intended party.
ALE agents arrested Stoltmann around 3 a.m. Thursday at Hayone Charity Funds.
Stoltmann is charged with two counts of gambling, two counts of allowing gambling in a house of public entertainment, and two counts of allowing violations on an ABC licensed business.
The ALE does not expect to make any more arrests in the case, but the investigation is ongoing.