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Goldston Man Cited For Allegedly Granting Large Payoffs From Video Poker Machines

Posted March 18, 2003

— Following an investigation into alleged large payoffs from video poker machines at a Chatham County grocery store, a 64-year-old Goldston man has been cited on the misdemeanor charge of paying off more than $10 in merchandise from a video gaming machine.

Roy Malcolm Beal was issued a citation on Monday. His court date is set for April 16 in Pittsboro.

An undercover investigation by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office at Goldston Grocery showed that employees of the store were paying off more than the allowed $10 worth of merchandise per day.

Undercover agents played the machines and won $100 worth of tickets. They said that Beal then allowed them to exchange the tickets for $100 in merchandise.

Seized from the store were three video poker machines, as well as $3,038.25 in U.S. currency from the machines, 90 paid-off tickets valued at $10 each, $894 in U.S. currency from the store and the $100 worth of merchandise paid to the undercover agents.

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