SC business owners want to stop machine seizures

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of South Carolina business owners has filed an injunction in an attempt to stop the seizure of Internet sweepstakes machines.

WIS-TV in Columbia reports (http://bit.ly/VfiqHZ ) that the seven plaintiffs took the action against the State Law Enforcement Division and the attorney general's office. They say that they fear arrests and charges against them because of the machines.

Four of those plaintiffs have been arrested and charged in the past for owning and operating the machines in their businesses.

The seven are being represented by former SLED director Reggie Lloyd.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he was contacted by Lloyd and asked if he'd consent to stop the search and seizures. Lott said he would continue to enforce the law as long as the machines are illegal.

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Information from: WIS-TV, http://www.wistv.com

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