Canton Moose Lodge cited by Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement
Canton Lodge No. 429, Loyal Order of the Moose, at 41 Sullivan St., Canton, was recently cited by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for a gambling/lotteries violation, according to a news release from District Office No. 6 in Williamsport.
The District Office noted that the Moose was cited on March 21. The timeframe of the incident that resulted in the violation was from Sept. 7, 2012 to Dec. 19, 2012.
When asked for comment, Sgt. Jeffrey L. McGinness, District Office Commander, said that the lodge was operating gambling devices in a liquor-licensed club, which he said is not allowed.
The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has the responsibility for investigating complaints of unlawful gambling activity in all establishments possessing a license issued by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), according to the bureau's website.
The news release notes that the Canton Lodge "possessed or operated gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitted gambling or lotteries, poolselling and/or bookmaking on" the licensed premises.
According to McGinness, the devices consisted of computer monitors with one hard drive system that displayed gambling games in which people could use a card to gamble on the machines. The cards, which were like debit cards, but were being called phone cards, had to be purchased, he said.
He said the District Office received a complaint about the Wellsboro Moose having such devices, and this led to an undercover officer investigation at the Canton Moose and also the Galeton Moose. He said all were cited.
The machines at all the lodges were seized following the investigation, he noted.
According to the bureau, the charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.
The judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license, based on the severity of the charge brought, and can mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them on the requirements of being a licensee.
An officer with the Canton Moose could not be reached for comment.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.