- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Fraternal organizations with video lottery machines have 30 days to report any violations, or face large fines and the loss of their licenses.

The deadline was issued Friday by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. The directive also applies to all limited video lottery distributors who provide those groups with machines.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1vjg0g4 ) reports that the order stems from an investigation of Action Gaming of Wheeling and Buck’s Inc. of Clarksburg. They are accused of setting up 23 video gaming parlors and using the identities of fraternal organizations.

Fraternal organizations can have 10 machines at each location, double the maximum of five permitted in bars and clubs.

Officers of fraternal groups say they have rarely visited or have never been to the so-called lodges operated by the distributors.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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