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Goolsby will lobby for illegal sweepstakes industry

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A marriage made in hell:

According to N.C. Secretary of State filings, the Small Business Coalition was incorporated in February by Gardner Payne, a Charlotte attorney and lobbyist who once faced criminal gambling charges for sweepstakes machines he operated in Duplin County. The charges were later dismissed.

The news release about Goolsby’s new role said that Rep. Harry Warren, a Salisbury Republican, plans to file legislation this session to legalize sweepstakes.

Apparently swindling people out of their money can be habit-forming.

No jail likely for South Carolina Internet gambling kingpins

Just like banksters, if you steal enough money, you earn your get out of jail free card:

A forensic analysis by agents with the U.S. Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service estimated that over the years Mosley's operations yielded proceeds totaling more than $242 million. Mosely and Caldwell used some of the gambling money to buy secluded lakefront homes in South Carolina, as well as planes, and luxury cars, including a Maserati, documents said.

As part of their plea agreements, Mosely and Caldwell agreed to forfeit $20 million and to cease Frontier's operations in South Carolina. Federal prosecutors, though, allowed them to keep their homes, cars and other property in exchange for the guilty pleas. Mosley will also forfeit hundreds of video poker machines.

And yet, if some teenager is caught with a $15 bag of pot in his car, or even just a roach in his ashtray, there's a good chance that car will be confiscated and sold at a police auction. The dissonance in our criminal justice system is astounding.

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