Mohegan Sun Pocono has been slapped with record fines, totaling $1 million, by Pennsylvania's casino gambling regulators on Wednesday, December 13. The casino has failed to follow internal controls and doing business with unlicensed vendors, for which it has been fined $450,000 and $550,000, respectively.
This is one of the highest one-time fines handed down by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board since the association was formed after 2004 casino gambling law.
The case began on the unlicensed firms that operate restaurants in the casino and sell vouchers for dining and slots play. It has led to a scheme aided by a casino executive, a cocktail server and her boyfriend. The authorities claim that more than $420,000 from Mohegan Sun Pocono was stolen in 2014 and 2015. All the accused in the case are either in prison serving sentence or are on probation.
Mohegan Sun Pocono, situated on the hillside of Plains in Pennsylvania, is one of the largest entertainment, gaming and recreational destinations in the state. The casino destination, owned and operated by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is in operations since November 2005.
The casino destination has a large gaming space of 82,000 square feet, which includes more than 90 table games, 2300 slot machines along with several electronic table games. Besides, it has several dining options, shopping centre, live harness racing and recreational options.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is a bureau of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania government controlling the gaming sector in the state. The agency was founded in 2004 as the state licensing and regulatory agency to oversee slot machines and casino gambling in Pennsylvania.
The board comprises seven voting members in total, with the Governor of Pennsylvania appointing three of the members while the remaining four are appointed by the leadership of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.