NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Sheriff Ed McMahon has sent some words of warning to anyone operating a sweepstakes parlor in New Hanover County.
Staff at the sheriff's office sent out letters to business owners with a message of criminal charges to anyone still open after a ruling from NC Supreme Court found the form of gambling illegal.
The letter does not mention any detail of charges, but it explains that new software touted as a ‘loophole' around the recent court ruling makes no difference to his deputies.
It reads, in part:
If you believe that software changes or other modifications to your operation will bring what was previously illegal into legal compliance, then you have to rely on your own independent legal counsel to make the decision to continue to operate your business.
A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said no violations have been reported as of Tuesday.
The City of Wilmington sent out similar letters, telling sweepstakes owners that anyone still operating will be charged with civil citations.
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