Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Casino License Suspended

State gambling regulators have voted to permanently suspend the casino license of embattled Mount Airy Resort owner Louis DeNaples.
Despite objections raised by DeNaples counsel about the perjury charges filed against him by the Dauphin County district attorney last week, state Gaming Control Board Chair Mary Colins says her panel must act to protect the interests of the Commonwealth.

"The allegations regarding the lying to the board by the licensee is probably one of the most serious allegations that can be raised and that is why the Board took this action."

The board also appointed a trustee to oversee the casino and related facilities, former Shippensburg University President Anthony Ceddia.
Meantime DeNaples' lawyer John Donnelly says the appointment of the trustee goes beyond the power of the gaming act.

"The probability will be an enormous amount of expense attached to it that we think is unnecessary. And also the scope of the power of this trustee, as I understood. I'd like to review the opinion, but the scope seems overly broad."

Donnelly says DeNaples' legal team is considering whether to appeal that portion of the Board's order.

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