Boise couple on gambling arrest: 'We're not criminals'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Tim and Jo Lough say they've played cards for years. Until a few months ago, when neighbors complained about too many cars in the neighborhood, they always had friends over at their house to play.

"The police, they came out and said, 'Well your neighbors are complaining, and it'd be best if you're going to play, you need to find a different place to play,'" said Tim Lough, "So we said no problem. So we got a different place to play."

Their son, Travis Lough, rented some office space on Emerald Street for them to go when they wanted to play a game. The family says a small part of the games' money would go toward paying the rent and providing food and drink for players.

"It's not like it was a big money ring where you're making hundreds of thousands of dollars," Tim Lough said.

But it was enough to get arrested. The police report says the family was running an "apparent for-profit gambling operation."

The Loughs say they didn't know they were doing anything that could get them in trouble with police.

"If they would've told us that it was illegal, that we can't do it, we wouldn't have done it," Tim Lough said, "We're not criminals."