Daniel Kohan (31, Brooklyn) and Yuriy Yakubov (34, Brooklyn) were arrested by New Jersey State Police Detectives for allegedly setting up illegal gambling machines at various locations across the garden state. It is believed that the gambling machines were generating mor than $10,000 per month in revenue.

Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Financial Crimes North Unit were first contacted by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs convenience the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in October of 2021 to assist with the investigation of the placement of convenience “coin pusher” gambling devices at various convenience stores in Lakewood, New Jersey. “Coin Pusher” is a boardwalk style game with coins and other prizes in it. They are only approved for certain venues including arcades and boardwalks, and when used properly they dispense tickets or tokens to the winner.

Various investigative means were used to determine that Kohan and Yakubov had placed these machines at various locations throughout the state of New Jersey and Kohan was collecting the proceeds. It was on February 1st, 2022, when detectives from the New Jersey State Police Financial Crimes North Unit obtained information that Yakubov was in the Bergen County area and he was arrested after the NJSP observed him servicing a gambling device at a convenience store in Wallington, New Jersey. A short time later, Kohan was arrested after he turned himself into State Troopers at the State Police Meadowlands Station.

Daniel Kohan and Yuriy Yakubov were charged with possession of a gambling device. Kohan was also charged with money laundering and promoting gambling. Both were released pending a future court date.

Anyone with information on illegal “coin pusher” gambling devices may contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6200. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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This case is being prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.