BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bingo hall that generated a big chunk of money for local charities has officially closed. The owner of Bingo+ was evicted in January. The Bingo+ has been locked and out of business for at least three weeks.
Tuesday morning distributors rolled up and rolled out big pieces of heavy duty equipment including ATMs, safes, and office supplies.
Bingo manager for distributor B&J Management, Deedee Dupree, said she has been working there since Bingo+ opened six years ago. She said she and a handful of local non-profits that depended on Bingo+ to bring in an estimated $25,000 a year in proceeds will now have to go somewhere else for revenue.
"It's a huge financial hit for everybody, the employees, and the charities. I was just told because of court yesterday I could come in and get some of our belongings," Dupree said.
A spokeswoman for the property owner, Garry Lewis, told 9News the tenant RCJ Investments was evicted after the company failed to pay rent.
Dupree said she could sense something wrong when local businesses that also got cut of the profits started showing up to collect.
"You don't work somewhere without knowing there are problems, people constantly coming in asking to be paid," Dupree said.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue was on hand Tuesday to answer any questions the non-profit agencies might have had regarding relocating.
Families Helping Families, a not for profit which helps parents who have children with disabilities, is one of them. Executive Director, Jamie Tindle, returned to the Bingo+ to pick up a few things but she said she is still not sure how or if the agency will ever recoup the money that got lost in the legal dispute.
"There's no way to replace this in this capacity. This money was actually to help generate or keep our doors open, unrestricted money so we can keep our electricity on, mortgage, things like that going," Tindle said.
9News was told the co-owner of RCJ Investments, Jackie Goudeau, was inside of the building on Tuesday but did not want to comment.