Several prominment Indianola residents and a county supervisor from northeast Iowa have been arrested and charged in connection with a sports betting and money laundering operation. A total of eight people have been arrested, including 51-year-old David Summy , who’s Indianola football coach; 59-year-old Jerry Waters — the owner of an Indianola car dealership; and 30-year-old Jarid Downey, who owns an auto repair shop in Indianola. Indianola Mayor Jerry Kelley says he knows all the people involved. Kelley says “if it’s something that would be true, the human tragedy is just amazing.” Kelley says he knows Waters because he’s a local businessman. Kelley was a teacher for 35 years and taught with Summy.Downey was one of his students, says he was a state champion wrestler and started his business and built it on hard work. Indianola is a growing city, a sort of southern suburb of Des Moines, but Kelley says the incident will send ripples through the town.Kelley says Indianola still has a “naive view of the world” and these sorts of things don’t happen in small towns. Kelley says the state sends a mixed message by saying it’s o-k to gamble at Prairie Meadows but not o-k to gamble somewhere else doesn’t excuse what may have happened but does contribute to the atmosphere in which things happen.Also under arrest is 55-year-old Stanley Walk who owns a bar in Rock Falls and is a Mitchell County Supervisor. Police say there were millions of dollars involved in the illegal gambling operation. Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Techau says his agency coordinated the investigation, which extended beyond state lines.Techau says it’s part of a money-laundering investigation that in this instance was used in a betting scheme. Warrants are out for a Norwalk man who’s at the center of the investigation as well as a woman from Urbandale and an Urbandale insurance agent.
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