The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves Fines Totaling $30,000
HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $30,000 for a regulatory violation by a casino operator and for an individual’s illegal campaign contribution.
The casino fine was the result of a consent agreement between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of Parx Casino and Racetrack in Bucks County. Greenwood Gaming was fined $15,000 for permitting two different individuals on the PGCB’s Self-Exclusion List to enter and gamble in the Parx Casino on numerous occasions during 2009 and 2010.
The Self-Exclusion Program assists problem gamblers who choose to ban themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos. Once a person is placed on the Self-Exclusion List, gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse wagers from and deny any gaming privileges to a self-excluded person.
A second consent agreement was also approved that levied a $15,000 fine against Tommy Rosenfeld of New York for violating the prohibition on campaign contributions toward an election for public office in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rosenfeld, the owner of CanAm Pennsylvania Regional Center LLC located in New York City, made a $15,000 contribution in October 2010 after submitting an application for a gaming principle license 6 months earlier. The contribution was later returned to Mr. Rosenfeld.
Upon becoming an applicant, a person is prohibited from contributing any money or in-kind contribution to a candidate, any political party, or any group organized to support a candidate for public office in the Commonwealth.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Hearing Room 1 of the PUC-Keystone Building in Harrisburg. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the public is invited.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 40 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. Currently, the ten casinos in operation in the Commonwealth employ over 15,000 people and legalized gaming has generated $5.5 billion in tax and license fee revenue since the first casino opened in November 2006. A portion of that money is enabling property tax reduction for all Pennsylvania homeowners, providing needed funding to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, funding grants for fire companies and water/sewer projects, and establishing a new stream of tax revenue to local governments for community projects. A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.pgcb.state.pa.us. At this web site, visitors can view videos of Board meetings and on the operation of the PGCB, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.
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