WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Earlier this week the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confiscated 50 computers from Capital One Reward Zone on Market Street.
The bust was a part of the Sheriff’s Office crack down on sweepstakes parlor.
Capital One Reward Zone was opened two months ago and on Tuesday it was shut down. Now a former employee is speaking exclusively to WWAY.
“I was told that my employment was going to that of a payday loan store,” said the Former Employee.
The former employee did not want to be identified for fear of his safety. He says he accepted the job because he thought this was a legitimate business.
“I asked the technician who was hooking up the computer if we were able to cash checks and he started laughing at me,” said the Former Employee.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing a warrant for Jerry Gerodemos of Schererville, Indiana and James Monaghan of Charleston, South Carolina.
The former employee we spoke too says the parlor’s attorney Tommy Hicks was aware of the illegal activity.
“He told us this true cash credit care system was supposed to be redeemable for gifts and that it might work as a loophole against the sheriff or the state,” said the Former Employee.
When we spoke to Hicks earlier this week he said the program used on the computers were carefully designed and did not violate the law.
“I think that had a full examination been done of the software and how it operates, the officers would have been able to determine that,” said Hicks.
We made several attempts to contact James Monaghan and Tommy Hicks but our calls were not returned.
Since January, deputies have raided four sweepstakes parlors.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The sweepstakes parlor Capital One Reward Zone has nothing to do with the credit card company Capital One. A spokeswoman for the credit card company tells WWAY the company's lawyers are looking in to the potential trademark infringement.