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Pennsylvania Gives Money to Counties to Crack Down on Illegal Slot Machines

On October 5th, 2007, state money to clamp down on prohibited gaming machines that compete with casino slot machines began coming from the Gaming Control Board of Pennsylvania.

The Gaming Board released $250,000 to the Allegheny County district attorney, $153,749 to the Washington County district lawyer and $43,836 to the Northern Regional Police Department. The department serves Pine, Richland, Marshall and Bradford Woods.

The department can use the money for illegal gambling machines and prosecution of suspects in connection with the illegal slots. The money grants were among the $778,145 given statewide. The law that made Pennsylvania's slots casino facilities allotted $5 million yearly to boost local law enforcement organizations to counter payouts from gaming machines like video poker machines in pubs, club and others.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is studying applications for cash grants from fifteen municipalities like the city of Pittsburgh. Spokesperson Mike Manko for Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. of the Allegheny County commented that no final decisions have been made regarding the matter. Mr. Zappala is hoping to cooperate with his fellow county attorneys especially those counties that have a casino to make a united front against illegal gambling machines.


Monday, 22 October 2007
Caroline Mitchell