City: Slope salon ran gambling ring

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One Park Slope salon has had a brush with the law.

Sena African Hair Braiding, located on Pacific Street near Flatbush Avenue, has gotten itself into a legal tangle after police moved to snip the business for hosting an illicit gambling ring, according to a civil suit filed by the city on Jan. 17.

The legal battle goes back to May 12, 2012, when a police informant infiltrated the business and successfully placed a cash bet on a game of chance — the informer even received a betting slip, according to legal documents filed with the King’s County Supreme Court. Three days later, an informant placed another illegal bet.

Police raided the building on May 17, finding gambling slips and other “gambling devices.” One person was arrested for gambling-related offenses.

Police claim that the owner and business operators of Sena “were aware or should have been aware of the illegal activity occurring at the subject premises” — and so cops are asking that the defendants shutter their Pacific Street business for a year and pay a penalty of $1,000 for each day they knew about the gambling ring.

Building owner Urban Sales Corp. was also named as a defendant in the suit.

A call to Sena to ask if the allegations were true was met with a “no” by a woman working there. The woman, who wouldn’t give her name, would not answer any further questions.

New York City Police — the one bit of fuzz this salon couldn’t tame — did not respond to requests for comment.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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