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WVC 19 - 23 - 26 §19-23-26. Offenses and penalties.
(a) Any person holding or conducting, or assisting, aiding or abetting in the holding or conducting, of any horse or dog race meeting at which horse or dog racing and the pari-mutuel system of wagering on the same is permitted or conducted, without a license issued by the racing commission, which license remains unexpired, unsuspended and unrevoked, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars for each day of such unauthorized horse or dog race meeting, or by imprisonment in jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court: Provided, That no conviction shall be had or punishment imposed upon any licensee, whose license has been suspended or revoked, for holding or conducting a horse or dog race meeting while execution of the order of suspension or revocation is stayed or suspended as provided in this article.

(b) Any person violating any provision of section four or section five of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in jail for not less than six months nor more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court. The venue of any such offense shall be in the county, or any one of the counties, wherein the person violating said section four or section five carries out any duties of, or performs any work for, the racing commission, which constitute the basis of the charge or complaint.

(c) Any person violating any provision of subsection (b), section two of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in jail for not less than one month nor more than two months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court. The venue of any such offense shall be in the county, or any one of the counties, wherein the person violating said subsection (b) carries out any duties of, or performs any work for, the racing commission, which constitute the basis of the charge or complaint.

(d) False swearing before the racing commission on the part of any witness shall be deemed perjury and shall be punished as such.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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