Tropicana pays $15K civil penalty

Bryan Cohen Sep. 7, 2011, 9:44am


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced a settlement on Friday between the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Tropicana agreed to a civil monetary penalty of $15,000 after allegedly allowing a person on the exclusion list to gamble without ejecting him as required.

"Maintaining integrity within this industry is paramount. We have strict regulations in place to prevent individuals on the exclusion list from gambling in Atlantic City," David Rebuck, the acting director of the division, said. "I commend Deputy Attorney General R. Lane Stebbins and Investigator George Homa, who uncovered the violations and worked with Tropicana to resolve the charges."

The Casino Control Act (N.J.S.A. 5:12-71) provides for the establishment of a list of persons who are to be ejected or excluded from any licensed casino in New Jersey. The list includes career or professional offenders, cheats and criminal offenders. The division alleged that an excluded person who is named in the complaint was present within Tropicana's licensed premises and engaged in illegal conduct, specifically cheating at the game of craps.

Money received by the state as part of settlement agreements will be directed to the Casino Revenue Fund, which supports compulsive gambling treatment and education programs in addition to programs that benefit the state's senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

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