WEST POINT — Two West Point men have lost their attempt to get computer equipment taken from their business returned by the state.
WTVA-TV reports that the Mississippi Gaming Commission removed the machines from Paradise Isle Internet Cafe in 2007. Authorities say the 39 computers were nothing more than slot machines being used to reward customers who bought phone cards.
They say the cards had sweepstakes points that could be wagered to win more points that could be redeemed for prizes.
While charges against Roger and Jeff Moore were ultimately dropped, a Clay County judge sided with the Gaming Commission and refused to return the machines to the men.
On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals ruled the machines were slot machines and upheld the judge’s decision not to return them.
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