Authorities cracking down on sweepstakes parlors

Authorities cracking down on sweepstakes parlors

Authorities cracking down on sweepstakes parlors

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by STEVE LYTTLE / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, with the support of the District Attorney’s office, are asking sweepstakes parlors to shut down if they are violating state law.

A spokeswoman for the DA’s office said Wednesday that District Attorney Andrew Murray has been sending letters to businesses identified by police as operating illegally.

“The letters cite North Carolina General Statue 14-306.1A and direct the businesses to cease and desist and statutorily prohibited activity,” according to the statement issued by Murray’s office.

The spokeswoman said she could not provide additional information because of a possible pending investigation.

A spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said she did not know of any current campaign against the businesses.

Last December, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled the sweepstakes parlors were illegal. Some of the businesses reopened a short time later, saying they were complying with the law.

There have been periodic operations by Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Matthews police in recent months against the parlors.

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