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Gambling machine owners to sue the state

October 17, 2005

Albany -- One week ago Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators raided four stores, seizing 15 video gambling machines. The machine owners say they are suing the State of Georgia over the law outlawing their products, and don't think they should be seized.

According to stickers on most of those machines, they belong to Greater Georgia Amusements. A law firm representing the Amusement company has a lawsuit in Cobb County against the State, claiming their machines are "coin operated video game amusement devices" and claims their machines should not be seized until that lawsuit is decided.

But Dougherty D. A. Ken Hodges does not agree. "This is as illegal as having drugs in their store. It is no different. We are going to keep after them, and if we have repeated occurrences we will prosecute the store owners and put them in jail."

Hodges says he can not believe the amusement company continues to put their video gambling machines in stores, but says Dougherty County Sheriff's Deputies will continue to seize all they find.

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