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Division of Consumer Affairs
Press Release

Attorney General
Anne Milgram
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
David Szuchman
   
For Immediate Release:
March 25, 2009
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
 
Wildwood Arcade Operator to Pay $3,000 Fine
for Using Rigged Machines

NEWARK - A Wildwood arcade operator has agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty and serve a three-month probation after the state's Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC) found that its crane machines could be manipulated to reduce a customer's chance of winning a prize.

Pohlman Enterprises, Inc., which does business as Ed's Funcade Arcade, violated LGCCC regulations that prohibit licensees from engaging in deceptive, misleading or fraudulent activity in the operation of amusement games. The company agreed to cease and desist from violating the state's Amusement Games Licensing Law and related regulations, in addition to the civil penalty and period of probation, under terms of its consent order with the state.

“A visit to the Jersey Shore includes playing in boardwalk arcades for many and LGCCC investigators check to ensure amusement games give consumers a fair chance at winning a prize,” said David Szuchman, Consumer Affairs Director. “The LGCCC will act, as it did in this matter, when the rules and regulations that ensure fairness are violated.”

If Pohlman Enterprises commits further violations during the probationary period, its license to operate will be suspended, under terms of the consent order.

The LGCCC last summer conducted inspections of boardwalk arcades as part of a coordinated task force and this year again will conduct unannounced arcade inspections.

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