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Pa. Gaming Control Board hands down record fines

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2017 1:16 PM
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FILE PHOTO: People gamble at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Wilkes-Barre. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Harrisburg) -- State gambling regulators have slapped the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino with record fines totaling $1 million for what it called failing to follow internal controls and doing business with unlicensed vendors

The fines of $450,000 and $550,000 handed down by the Gaming Control Board, were the agency's highest one-time fines since it was created in the original 2004 casino gambling law.

The bigger fine stemmed from an investigation into a scheme aided by a casino executive, a cocktail server and her boyfriend that authorities say stole more than $420,000 from Mohegan Sun in Wilkes Barre in 2014 and 2015.

All three are serving a prison sentence or are on probation.

The other stemmed from doing business with unlicensed firms that operate restaurants in the casino and sell vouchers for dining and slots play.

In a statement, casino officials say they've agreed to pay the fines.

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