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Police Bust Illegal Gambling Operation Hidden In Apartment

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by Adam Ghassemi

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. From the outside, it looked like any other apartment, but detectives said unit 1112 at Hendersonville's Monthaven Park Apartments was really an illegal gambling operation disguised as someone's home.

"Rather than your typical living furniture such as a couch or bedroom furniture there were poker tables setup," said Sgt. Jim Vaughn with the Hendersonville Police Department.

Officers showed up Friday night because of a complaint about too many cars being parked at the complex. Vaughn said they found 13 people inside the one bedroom apartment playing poker for money, as well as, 52-year-old Jeanien Green, who's suspected of running the illegal operation.

The living room had casino-style poker tables and Green was even setup to sell snacks and drinks to players.

"It was much more like a restaurant or a something along the line of a sports bar," Vaughn said.

Neighbors, like Lucille Hughes, had no idea what was going on just next door.

"They moved in in the middle of the night. If they would have moved in the middle of the day I would have known it," Hughes said Monday.

Green is also listed as a Tournament Director for an organization called Got Da Nutz. The group advertises itself to host legal tournaments that plays nearly every night of the week in Goodlettsville and Hendersonville.

It's not clear if Got Da Nutz is connected to Friday's illegal operation, but some of the people arrested are also listed as past winners on the organization's website.

NewsChannel 5 found Green at her real Hendersonville home Monday. She was dismissive when asked for comment, and wouldn't open her front door.

"I don't know why this is such a big story, but I can't talk to you for obvious reasons and I should be innocent until proven guilty," Green said through the door.

The apartment has two dead bolts and investigators said it also had an advanced video surveillance system to keep track of who came and went.

Vaughn said while they want to bust illegal gambling operations, they're also very concerned about criminals being attracted to them, which are often hidden among innocent families.

"You have that along beside cash money and sometimes a lot of cash money that's out on display it could lead to something to robberies and violent crimes," he said.

Green faces aggravated gambling promotion and misdemeanor gambling. She's due in Sumner County court June 26th.

The following 13 people have been issued citations for misdemeanor gambling:


  • Scott Schetler, 43 years old, Springfield, TN
  • Andrew Davis, 30 years old, Hendersonville, TN
  • Tammy Allen, 36 years old, Springfield, TN
  • Philip Hovey, 43 years old, Portland, TN
  • Brad Mortensen, 43 years old, Nashville, TN
  • Stephanie Harper, 38 years old , Madison, TN
  • Scott Bennett, 38 years old, Madison, TN
  • Spring Gibbs, 41 years old, Madison, TN
  • Todd Thomas, 43 years old, Springfield, TN
  • Kyle Wikberg, 39 years old, Cottontown, TN
  • Kenneth Schindler, 37 years old, Hendersonville, TN
  • Justin McCain, 26 years old, Joelton, TN
  • Steven Lee, 42 years old, White House, TN


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