A skill gaming machine case, followed closely by gambling PA companies, ended on Monday as the presiding judge ruled in favor of Pace-O-Matic, a Pennsylvania gaming company over a Monroe County D.A. who seized cash and machines from two gas stations.
Monroe County Common Pleas Judge Jennifer Harlacher Sibum wrote in the court order returning the machines, “The court finds that the Commonwealth improperly withheld and misrepresented material evidence relative to the issuance of the search warrant in this matter, and that such conduct warrants the suppression of the seized property.”
The ruling ended a case between Pace-O-Matic and the Attorney General of Monroe County District Attorney, E. David Christine Jr., that began in October 2021 with the seizure of 13 skill gaming machines and over $36,000 for two local gas stations. Christine Jr. authorized the raid of Fill and Fly gas station and Smokin’ Joes Tobacco Shop in Shroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Both stores filed a joint lawsuit against D.A Christine Jr. in the wake of the seizures asking for a return of the money and machines seized in the raid.