Friday, December 19, 2008

Penn Regulators Revoke Licenses Of Two Pocono Downs Employees And Investigates Vendor

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board notified Smith Blacktopping, Inc. of Plains, PA that it must halt any business it is doing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs slot parlor until final action is taken regarding its license. Smith Blacktopping was one of five vendors notified by the state gaming board of pending license problems due to an owner, officer or director allegedly having either a felony conviction or felony charge.

The state gaming board said in a statement, "Under the new regulation, upon issuance of a Notice of Recommendation for Denial by the Office of Enforcement Counsel to a vendor applicant, a firm that had earlier received interim permission to provide vendor services upon completion of its application to the PGCB, would automatically lose such interim permission."

"Facilities will still be able to request permission to use a vendor applicant to provide goods or services while the application is being reviewed. However, if investigations uncover felony convictions that may make the vendor ineligible to gain a permanent vendor license or certification, the privilege will be rescinded."

"This is one of those cases where we believe we can make some changes and make the system better by tightening the procedures relative to work being conducted by vendors."

The state gaming board also revoked the gaming licenses from two employees at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs who were caught stealing from the facility, according to a statement released.