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Ban on Video Poker Business Continued

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Funtime Amusements of Hope Mills was ordered Monday to stop its video poker business pending the outcome of a lawsuit accusing the company of operating illegal games and of being a criminal nuisance, said Cumberland County Attorney Grainger Barrett. Funtime was raided in April and Cumberland County got a temporary court order to stop the company from running video poker games or selling assets tied to its video poker business.

In late April, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and state Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency raided Funtime's headquarters in Hope Mills and seized video poker machines from homes and businesses around Cumberland County. The sheriff said the raids capped a three-year investigation. Video poker is an arcade version of the card game. By law, the machines are barred from awarding money as prizes or issuing noncash prizes worth more than $10. Funtime and its owner, Michael Waguespack and his wife, Barbara, are accused of operating video poker machines that paid cash prizes. Court records say that undercover lawmen won money and saw other people winning money from Funtime machines. Search warrants say that the lawmen found about $1 million in cash in homes the Waguespacks own on Pentagon Court in Hope Mills.

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