Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Businesses and organizations in Berkeley County with sweepstakes-type gaming machines are being placed on notice that any and all gambling and gaming machines are illegal and must be removed immediately, according to Berkeley County Sheriff H. Wayne DeWitt.
DeWitt made the announcement in a release last week.
“It is a crime to gamble or possess gaming machines in South Carolina,” DeWitt said. “I’m giving a two-week notice as of today to anyone in Berkeley County who has these machines, whether stand-alone machines or networked systems, to remove them from your premises or face the risk of criminal and civil prosecution.”
DeWitt said his office would coordinate efforts with state authorities.
“We will be working closely with the State Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Attorney General’s office to locate these machines, seize them, seek their destruction, and to charge anyone possessing or operating these gaming machines,” he said. “There are numerous rulings in support of the law which are clear.”
DeWitt said Section 12-21-2710 of the S.C. Code of Laws outlines the types of machines and devices prohibited by law.
“The law is clear and there are no loopholes,” he said. “There have been over 1,200 of these machines seized around the state. If we find any in Berkeley County, they will be taken and those numbers will be added to the statewide total.”
Anyone with information about these types of machines in Berkeley County are encouraged to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 719-4412 or (843) 719-4424.