Magic Minutes owner enters guilty pleas on tax evasion, operating illegal gambling businesses

Published: Aug. 25, 2015 at 7:16 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2015 at 7:16 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One of the men who was a focus of a series of investigations on illegal video poker businesses operating in a gray area of South Carolina law has entered guilty pleas in connection with running those machines.

L.W. Flynn, 40, has entered guilty pleas for operating a gambling business and evading federal taxes between 2010 and 2013, according to federal prosecutors.

Flynn owned Magic Minutes, a company that operated internet sweepstakes machines that are now considered illegal gambling machines by the state of South Carolina.

The machines allowed a user to purchase phone minutes, then gave the player a chance to play various "sweepstakes" games. The games are poker-based "games of chance," which were forbidden under the state's original video poker ban.

Mobile users, tap here to see photos of the Magic Minutes machines.

Flynn was arrested back in 2013 and charged with possession and operation of gambling machines. SLED seized over 200 of the machines in their raids.

Flynn could face five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

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