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SCDOR vs. Capitol Greetings Inc. of America

South Carolina Department of Revenue

South Carolina Department of Revenue

Capitol Greetings Inc. of America




This matter came before the Court from an appeal by Respondent, Capital Greetings Inc. of America of a Final Determination and citation by Petitioner for violations of the Video Game Machines Act. Respondent was charged with a violation of S.C. Code Ann. Section 12-21 -28040(A) and Regulation 117- 190 for a single place or premise violation by not having an employee in the game room, D.J.X.

The Final Determination issued by the Department sought the imposition of $ 10,000 in fines, revocation of five video game licenses and the closing of one game room, D.J.X., for a period of six months.

This matter was set for a contested hearing before the undersigned for May 20, 1999. Prior to the hearing, the parties requested the hearing be canceled based upon an agreed to settlement.

The settlement agreed upon is as follows:

1. Respondent agrees to pay a fine of $ 1,000 to the Department within thirty (30)

days of the signing of this Order.

2. Respondent agrees to close the game room doing business as D.J.X. at Big Shots,

1614 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach for a period of six (6) months,

beginning June 1, 1999.

3. The Department agrees and consents to the automatic lifting of any remaining

time on this six months closure period should the South Carolina Supreme Court

render a final decision in the case of Gateway Enterprises Inc. vs. S.C.

Department of Revenue, 96-CP-26-3209, which affirms the Circuit Court Order

finding the six-month closure an inappropriate penalty under the language of the

Video Game Machines Act.

4. It further appears that all five Class III COD licenses in used in D.J.X. expire

within days, the revocation of same is waived by the Petitioner.

5. Petitioner further waives its demand for the remainder of the monetary fine sought

in the Final Determination.

6. The parties agree and consent to this as a final settlement of all issues and

violations presented before the Court in this matter.

Having reviewed the Prehearing Statements and the terms of the agreement, and having determined it to be fair and equitable to all parties, I hereby ORDER its adoption and dismiss the Petition in this matter, with prejudice.

Jeffrey M. Nelson, Esquire H. Buck Cults, Esquire

Attorney for Petitioner Attorney for Respondents

PO. Box 125 P.O. Box 14520

Columbia, SC 29214 Surfside Beach, SC 29587

(803) 898-5172 (843) 238-3442


John D. Geathers

Administrative Law Judge

May 28, 1999

Columbia, SC

Brown Bldg.






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