An agreement with five software companies that the U.S. Attorney foe the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Wednesday may bring major advances in efforts by law enforcement agencies across the state to enforce anti-gambling laws.
The five companies will not have anything to do with “sweepstakes in North Carolina involving an entertaining display,” Thomas G. Walker said in a statement announcing the agreement.
Walker’s office will not prosecute the companies, he said.
Sands Technology, LLC, Sierra Software, LLC; TNT Software, LLC; Digital Reveal, LLC, and the principal person in Figure 8 Technologies, Inc., made the deal, Walker said.
The agreement, which Walker said takes effect July 1, will affect more than 600 Internet cafes that use the companies’ products, the announcement said.
The agreement grew out of a case in Cumberland County, where Sheriff Earl R. Butler said it was “a major milestone in the long and ongoing fight against illegal gambling.”
Video poker machines, Butler said, “have been masquerading as sweepstakes.”