* Heard an extended debate, pro and con, about licensing a proposed limited video lottery location in a predominately residential area of Cheat Lake, in Monongalia County.
Commissioners postponed a vote on the matter, pending clarification on whether the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration will appeal a court order to give the location a liquor license, as required to have LVL machines.
* Postponed action on whether to fine or suspend the limited video lottery licenses for Shaffer Amusement of Clarksburg, an LVL machine distributor, after Lottery investigators found 10 of the company's machines had been tampered with.
A subcommittee had proposed a fine of $2,500, after testimony that a technician for Shaffer had bypassed switches on cash boxes on the 10 machines because the switches were broken and he did not have replacement parts.
Normally, when a cash box on an LVL machine is opened, the switch sends a message notifying the Lottery's central computer.
The panel also determined that the integrity of the games had not been compromised, and no money was missing.
However, both Musgrave and Lottery Commission Chairman Ken Greear said that regardless of the circumstances, tampering with video lottery machines is a serious offense, and should carry harsher penalties.
"To me, it's like robbing a small bank versus robbing a big bank. You're still robbing a bank," Greear said of the infraction.
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