Poker machine payoffs are against the law in South Carolina and Chesterfield County Sheriff Robert Lee wants to make sure everyone knows it.
Working with members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement (SLED), county deputies rounded up 17 poker machines Jan. 8, from 5 different businesses across the county.
“I want the people of Chesterfield County to be aware they (poker machines) will not be tolerated,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Robert Lee.
A total of $4,000 was recovered from the 17 machines, and each of the business owners was fined more than $2,000, said Sgt. Daniel Scott, public information officer for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. Scott would not reveal the names of the businesses involved, but said they had seized at least one machine from five different areas of the county.
Of the money seized from the machines, the sheriff’s office will keep the first $1,000, and 80 percent of the remaining $3,000. That leaves $600 to go to the state.
The roundup was initiated by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, said Scott, which had received complaints that the machines were in operation.
Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.