July 23, 2016

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Accused casino operator sued by property owner over breach of lease

Adam Syed

Adam Syed

MEDINA — A Fairlawn man who’s charged with operating illegal casinos has been sued by the owner of a property he rented in Brunswick.

Adam Syed, whose Monday trial was delayed last week to Aug. 5, was sued last month by Brunswick Limited Partnership, which owned the property where one of two Internet sweepstakes cafes he operated was located.

Syed is charged with 12 counts of running an illegal casino and eights counts of possessing criminal tools, referring to the slot machines inside.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison on each count.

Syed’s businesses — Cyber City at 2696 Medina Road in Sharon Township and Cyber 777’s at 1733 Pearl Road in Brunswick — were raided in June 2013 by state and local law enforcement officers, who confiscated dozens of what they described as “cash-operated slot machines.” Both locations had signs on the outside advertising them as Internet sweepstakes cafes.

The property owner of the Brunswick location accused Syed in the lawsuit of vacating the property after he was arrested. As a result, the property owner argues Syed breached the lease agreement and owes $28,929.66 in unpaid rent and delinquency fees.

By signing the lease, the suit says, Syed agreed to pay monthly rent and to maintain the property.

Syed’s attorney, Kerry O’Brien, filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to grant him three weeks to file an answer to the property owner’s suit.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.