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NC DOT board member owes city $377K in back taxes

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — An Internet sweepstakes business operated by a member of the state Board of Transportation owes Wilmington nearly $400,000 in unpaid taxes on the machines.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports it’s unclear if Gov. Beverly Perdue knew about the debt when she appointed Brunswick County developer George Sloane to the board last year.

The state’s application for boards and commissions asks whether a person or any company they control owes back taxes to any government entity. Perdue’s office would not release Soane’s completed form, saying it’s a private personnel document.

Sloane says his attorneys are talking to Wilmington officials about their claim for $377,000 in privilege license taxes and late fees.

Wilmington started taxing sweepstakes machines in 2010 while the industry fights a state law banning them as gambling operations.

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This story was written and provided by The Associated Press Wire.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)