A man who provided gaming machines to Havelock sweepstakes businesses may never see those machines again.
Greg Muse says he provided game machines to businesses in Havelock. In October, Havelock Police seized more than 20 stand-alone machines, more than 300 other pieces of equipment and $45,000 in cash and checks.
Some of the game machines taken by authorities were provided by Muse.
Muse was tried in court and charged with 15 counts of selling slot machines. Slot machines in North Carolina are illegal. The general statute states, "It is illegal to operate any slot machine or device where the user may become entitled to receive any money, credit, allowance, or any thing of value." On Monday, a District Court Judge found him not guilty. The judge's reason for his ruling was not revealed.
The District Attorney 's Office says Muse argued in court that the machines were not owned by him but by the corporation for which he is employed, Craven Music Company.
The District Attorney's Office filed a motion to destroy those 15 game machines Muse was found not guilty for selling. In the motion, it says since there was no clear ruling of ownership of these machines during Muse's trial. A judge will have to determine what happens to the machines since they have not been claimed.
Muse plans to file a motion to get those machines back.