Raleigh, N.C. — International Internet Technology, a sweepstakes software maker involved in a Florida scandal, is telling law enforcement agencies around North Carolina that they have pulled out of this state.
IIT "will cease doing business in North Carolina until further notice, effective immediately," says a letter from lawyers for the company.
Sweepstakes software companies provide the games to individual sweepstakes game owners. These local owners then operate game rooms, returning a share of the profits to the company.
A copy of the letter to the Sanford police says the company and its principals maintain their innocence. Similar letters have been sent to other law enforcement agencies, according to the Lexington Dispatch.
"Although nothing that has happened in Florida has any direct bearing or connection to matters in North Carolina, the ownership of IIT feels its first priority is to direct its full attention and resources to addressing concerns in Florida," the letter reads.
The company also cites the legal "limbo" in North Carolina, with sweepstakes games outlawed by the state legislature but still operating in a gray area. The state Supreme Court upheld North Carolina's ban on sweepstakes machines in December.
Gov. Pat McCrory and other North Carolina politicians have said they are forfeiting campaign donations associated with IIT.