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Detectives seize machines, thousands of dollars at sweepstakes parlor

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Detectives seized illegal gambling machines and $2,849 in cash from a local business.

Tuesday, the Vice and Narcotics Division and Alcohol Beverage Control Unit Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department conducted the investigation at LPM Sweepstakes on Old Pineville Road.

The investigation started after a tip concerning illegal slow machines and sweepstakes activity within the parlor.

While at LPM Sweepstakes, detectives identified a combination of 26 electronic and slow machines in violation of North Carolina general statute 14-306.1A. The machines contained poker, bingo, keno, and other video games that required players to deposit money to play.

Employee Yvonne D. Adams, 53, was charged under N.C. G.S. 14-292 for operation of the slot machines.

The bust happened around the same time a company providing software for sweepstakes gaming parlors says it's leaving North Carolina because it's getting too hard to do business in the state.

International Internet Technologies sent the letter last week to North Carolina law enforcement agencies. The company is ceasing operations immediately. It'll take about a week for local operators to wind down operations.

IIT is owned by Chase and Kristin Burns, an Oklahoma couple who are among 57 people indicted in Florida in relation to a chain of sweepstakes cafes affiliated with Allied Veterans of the World. Prosecutors say only about 2 percent of the $300 million raised through the charity actually went to help veterans.

The company says its legal problems in Florida make it difficult for them to provide daily support to North Carolina customers.

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