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Prosecutor warns Pennsylvania casino about paying local tax

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 28, 2016 4:59 AM
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(Bethlehem)_A county prosecutor says he may not prosecute cases involving bad checks or chip thefts at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem if the casino doesn't continue paying a $10 million local government assessment.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli released the letter he wrote Tuesday to casino officials.

He wrote that he can't justify the use of his office's resources to help a profitable corporation that isn't a good corporate citizen.

Casino officials declined comment. They haven't pledged to continue paying the money.

Instead, they've said they'll wait for state lawmakers to respond to a September decision by Pennsylvania's highest court to strike down a provision that's required casinos to pay assessments to their host communities for the past decade.

Most other Pennsylvania casinos have pledged to continue paying the money.

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