Monday, June 14, 2010

New Probe Into Pennsylvania Gaming Board License Awards

Just when the casinos in western PA get the ok to start table games on July 8th and those in our area July 13th, revelations come to light about a new grand jury empanelled last year looking into the practices of the Pennsylvania Gaming Board.

The Morning Call reports that a grand jury probing how The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued slots licenses has heard testimony more than once from Michael Manzo, the former chief of staff for the House Democratic Caucus and Denyse Miskin, the former director of the control board's Bureau of Corporate Compliance and Internal Controls. Miskin's testimony apparently occured as far back as January of this year.

Although he claimed he wasn't able to comment on the investigation at the request of the Attorney General Gaming board spokesman Doug Harbach revealed the gaming board has spent $65,000 so far in legal fees representing current and former gaming board officials because of the probe when asked for a comment.

One has to wonder whether the feud between the Zappalas and the Ories sparked this investigation and gave birth to the new grand jury.

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