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West Virginia Code Chapter 29. Miscellaneous Boards and Officers § 29-22C-30. Forfeiture of property

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(a) Anything of value, including all traceable proceeds, including, but not limited to, real and personal property, moneys, negotiable instruments, securities and conveyances, is subject to forfeiture to the State of West Virginia if the item is used for any of the following:

(1) As a bribe intended to affect the outcome of a West Virginia Lottery table game in a licensed racetrack;  or

(2) In exchange for, or to facilitate, a violation of this article.

(b) The Legislature finds and declares that the seizure and sale of items under the provisions of this section is not contemplated to be a forfeiture as that term is used in section 5, article XII of the Constitution of West Virginia and, to the extent that a seizure and sale may be found to be such a forfeiture, the Legislature hereby finds and declares that the proceeds from a seizure and sale under this article are not part of net proceeds as it is contemplated by section five, article XII of the Constitution of West Virginia.

(c) If the forfeited property includes the racetrack real property and all of its improvements and related personal property, the commission may take control of and operate the racetrack and all related functions until the forfeited property is sold or is returned to the licensee as a result of due process proceedings.

(d) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply if the act or omission that gives rise to the forfeiture is committed or omitted without the actual or reasonably implied knowledge or consent of the owner of the property to be forfeited.

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