Sheriff issues advisory on illegal gaming devices
“It is a crime to gamble or possess gaming machines in South Carolina,” Sheriff Faile said. “I’m giving a two-week notice as of today to anyone in Lancaster 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.”
Sheriff Faile said his office will 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.”
Sheriff Faile 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 Lancaster County, they will be taken and those numbers will be added to the statewide total.”
Anyone with information about these types of machines in Lancaster County are encouraged to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 283-3388.