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NC prosecutor warns Internet sweepstakes operators

SMITHFIELD, NC (AP) — Johnston County’s district attorney is warning Internet sweepstakes operators they must close by Nov. 1 or face the possibility of criminal charges.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that District Attorney Susan Doyle sent letters to more than a dozen businesses this week. Doyle warns that authorities have evidence showing each business is operating illegally.

She says she’ll start filing criminal charges beginning Nov. 1.

State lawmakers banned sweepstakes games that use entertaining displays in 2010. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the law in 2012.

Those businesses still operating say their games use revised computer software that makes them legal. Different court rulings have come down in various cases around the state.

Doyle said Wednesday that her office and the sheriff’s department sent letters to 14 businesses.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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