Officials wait on court ruling before taking action on video sweepstakes businesses in Clemmons

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CLEMMONS, N.C. — The five video sweepstakes businesses in Clemmons are not currently under threat of prosecution, an official from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office told the Village Council of Clemmons on Monday.

“At this point in Forsyth County, there is no action to be taken,” Chief Deputy Brad Stanley told the council.

In November, a North Carolina appeals court upheld the criminal convictions of two people for violating a state ban on video sweepstakes. That ruling has been appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court, Stanley said.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neil has advised local law-enforcement agencies not to shut down local sweepstakes businesses until the state Supreme Court makes a decision, he said.

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