Some charged in gaming probe question city's actions

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said he is reserving any statement until the court dates on Dec. 19.

“I’m holding true to what I’ve said all along: The charges were brought based on the evidence that we found during the investigation and we’re not going to comment any further on it,” Cyrus said.

City Attorney Troy Smith said District Attorney Scott Thomas brought the charges, and that ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

“Everybody who has been anywhere close to the sweepstakes business knows that that critical piece in that litigation was the only thing that was holding everybody off, and once that litigation was resolved, they knew they were illegal,” he said.

Also charged in the case were:

-- Benjamin Edwards, of Greenville, who faces 21 counts of operating or possessing a slot machine and two charges of possessing an electronic sweepstakes machine.

-- Greg Muse, of New Bern, who faces 15 charges of manufacturing or selling slot machines for renting his machines to other locations and one charge of possessing a slot machine.

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