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Not all targeted gaming machines will be revoked

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was nearly a month ago when Rev & Tax reported lost records for gaming machines actually licensed and registered with the department. But it appears not all of the machines that were set to be revoked today - will be taken out of operation.

Back in September, following an inventory of all licensed and registered gaming machines on Guam, Rev & Tax had revealed that approximately 135 gaming machines owned by Guam Music, Inc. were without proper documentation therefore they would have to be revoked and ceased from operation. "But yesterday basically we also discovered that there's a possibly 35 or 36 that may have been registered so what we're looking at now is we informed the company that at least a 100 has to be put aside," said director John Camacho. He added while 135 were set to be revoked today, upon a second review of its files, it appears about a quarter of those originally without records have surfaced.

"In the beginning, but we just found some records and payment that were made prior to that August 1 and we're looking into that also," he explained.

Camacho adds the nearly three dozen extra machines would bring the total registered machines to about 300 as 265 are validated with proper documentation. "They're claiming that there's more than what we have that they basically registered. Our point is we need records, we need documents," he said.

453 Symbolix and liberty machines originally were recorded within DRT's system. Along with verified 265 Guam Music machines and the possibly 35 or 36 more, atlas amusement has 53 registered machines. Camacho meanwhile says the biggest challenge is going through documents most of which are over a decade old.

And while Camacho says the goal is simply ensure that DRT is following the law, it's the interpretation of the law that may very well revoke not just 100 machines but possibly all of them. As you recall, the attorney general's office had filed a lawsuit claiming the machines licensed by DRT are illegal and asks the court to void the regulations. "I think by next week Thursday, a decision should probably be rendered by the judge," he said.

Camacho further states if this particular regulation is voided, it calls into questioning what it means for recent Public Law 32-60 that collects taxes and license fees that would go toward the GMH Health Trust Fund. He said, "We'll just wait for the decision of the court and then we'll see what we do afterwards."

Camacho meanwhile says DRT staff will be going out today to the different establishments to ensure the machines are licensed and registered are in fact the only ones operating. 

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