Posts Tagged ‘John Moran Jr’

February 7, 2013

NV Regulators OK $1 Million Fine against Palms

Undercover drug and prostitution stings prompt new nightclub security measures

palms-towersThe Nevada Gaming Commission signed off Thursday on a $1 million fine against the Palms to settle compliant issued by the state’s Gaming Control Board resulting from an investigation that discovered rampant drug sales and prostitution at clubs on the property.

It’s the third-largest fine ever approved by the commission.

Under the deal, the Palms will also pay $78,000 to cover the cost of the control board’s investigation. The commission voted 4-0 to approve the fine, with Commissioner John Moran Jr. abstaining.

“We are very sorry to be appearing before you today,” George Maloof, minority owner of the Palms, told the commission. “We take these (charges) very seriously and have implemented many changes to prevent these issues from happening again.”

The violations contained in the 17-count complaint made public Jan. 11 were gathered during five undercover operations last year by board investigators and Las Vegas police.

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July 27, 2012

Caesars Wrist-slapped with $100k Fine for Underage Gambling

Not an isolated incident, NGC says, but "pattern of abuse"

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is paying the state a $100,000 fine to settle underage gambling charges, but may face a stiffer penalty if it happens again.

“This is not an isolated incident, but a pattern of abuse,” Nevada Gaming Commissioner Randolph Townsend said Thursday as the regulatory panel voted to accept the settlement with Caesars over multiple charges of gambling and alcohol consumption by underage customers at several of the company’s Strip resorts between 2010 and May of this year.

Townsend, whose comments were echoed by fellow commissioners John Moran Jr. and Tony Alamo Jr., said Caesars was getting off easy.

“If it happens again, I want a seven-figure settlement or else we will litigate it,” Townsend said. “As we enter the Internet gaming world, this becomes a significant issue.”

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