“It’s not right to select one or two River sweepstakes places,” Johnson said. “They all got to be pack up . i’m debating on sending letters to those individuals, getting with the DA and drafting a letter that if you’re in violation, you’ll be pack up and charged.
“The city of Burlington should handle River sweepstakes their cases. the town of Mebane should handle theirs. If i’m going out here within the county and shut an area down, it’s not fair to other places to be ready to still operate.”
Burlington captain Jeffrey Smythe was sued in his capacity as chief after his predecessor, Michael Williams, sent out letters to Burlington sweepstakes businesses instructing them to shut down or face action .
The plaintiff, WRWI LLC, which operated two sweepstakes businesses within the city, won an injunction in 2015 that prohibited Burlington police from enforcing the state sweepstakes laws on the corporate .
City attorney David Huffman didn’t answer an invitation from the Times-News about whether the injunction for WRWI has affected the city’s approach to sweepstakes enforcement generally .
Smythe noted that various other River sweepstakes court rulings across the state leading to settlements and injunctions for a few companies, changes in software in an effort to urge round the law, and prosecutors handling cases differently from county to county have contributed to the murkiness of sweepstakes enforcement.
“It’s really a posh issue,” Smythe said. “The Legislature should probably act to clarify their intent with the law. Hopefully they’ll do this within the next legislative session.
“When they are doing that, I’m getting to act swiftly to make sure that each one businesses are in compliance.”
For the nonce , Smythe said, he prefers to defer to ALE’s expertise.
According to the office of Alamance River sweepstakes County DA Pat Nadolski, his staff has prosecuted eight people for offenses involving sweepstakes and other electronic gaming operations. Six defendants currently have pending cases on the fees .
Nadolski described the cases as River sweepstakes requiring “pretty involved investigations” before prosecution, and said that ALE agents are specially trained in the way to conduct those investigations.
“I can tell you when you’re talking about businesses and therefore the substantial amounts of cash made by businesses doing sweepstakes, you’ll bet that there are getting to be attempts to try to to things to argue the purpose that they aren’t in violation of the sweepstakes statutes.”
He says he has delivered to the River sweepstakes eye of ALE cases of potential violations of sweepstakes law, resulting in the agency conducting investigations.
JOHNSON IS AMONG those that River sweepstakes say they believe the electronic sweepstakes business has led to players spiraling into gambling addictions.
Johnson recalls a person he knows whose daughter “lost her home, lost her family” from playing sweepstakes games at locations in Alamance County.
“These folks that attend these River sweepstakes , they’re in there every single day, and that they lose everything they got,” Johnson said of patrons to sweepstakes cafés. “That’s not right.”