An Internet business cafe has been shut down by Matthews police after authorities said they determined it was not complying with state sweepstakes gaming laws.
Matthews police say officers seized computer equipment last Thursday from Cyber One, a business in the 11200 block of East Independence Boulevard, near Interstate 485.
Corp. Lori Valdes, a spokeswoman for Matthews police, said authorities gave written notification in early February to Cyber One’s owners that the business would need to change its gaming software in order to comply with state laws. Valdes said Cyber One closed for a short time after that.
When the business re-opened later in February, Matthews police executed a search warrant last week. Valdes said police closed the business, claiming it was violating North Carolina sweepstakes laws.
She said the investigation is continuing into Cyber One’s operations, and criminal charges are possible.
A number of Internet operations in the Charlotte region closed earlier this year after new state laws limiting sweepstakes operations went into effect.