March 3, 2023 - 7:02 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man has been arrested on felony gambling charges after an incident at the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Lyon County Clerk of Court’s Office by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, 40-year-old Cornelius Clay of Sioux Falls is accused of attempting to abscond with his gambling winnings without paying his obligations. He was arrested on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023.

The complaint states that he was gambling at Grand Falls Casino when he won a couple of jackpots. It says that he currently owes about $35,000 to the State of Iowa, that he is aware of his “offsets” and does not agree with having to pay his child support owed to seven children.

Clay was charged with attempting to avoid setoff while gambling and solicitation to commit a felony, both class D felonies. If convicted of a class D felony, Clay could face up to five years in prison.

Clay faces a preliminary hearing on March 10, 2023.

At last report, he remained in jail in Rock Rapids in lieu of a $5000 bond.

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