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Whatever happened with the video parlor owner who owed the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes?

Julian March
StarNews

Tripp Sloane, a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, is involved in a corporation that owes the City of Wilmington more than $375,000 in fees and fines for his sweepstakes machines at Cyber Spot on Van Campen Blvd. File photo by Paul Stephen.

In March of 2012, the StarNews published a story about a sweepstakes business operated by a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation that owed the city more than $375,000 in unpaid taxes.

Transportation board member George A. “Tripp” Sloane III, a Brunswick County developer who lives in Ocean Isle Beach, is listed as the manager of the Cyber Spot LLC, which has about 60 gaming machines at its location at 29 Van Campen Blvd. in Wilmington.

At the time, Sloane said his attorneys were working with the city on the issue, but declined further comment.

According to a document sent to the city council earlier this month, Cyber Spot is among multiple sweepstakes businesses that owe the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in privilege fees and late fees. According to the document, Cyber Spot owes $501,875. That includes $401,500 in privilege fees and $100,375 in late fees.

As of Jan. 16, 2013, Sloane remained on the 19-member Board of Transportation. Sloane is an at-large member representing rural transportation issues.

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