Pennsylvania casino slapped with fine for rule violations
The Mohegan Sun Pocono really needs to get its security into shape
One of the most important aspects of casino operations is undoubtedly the security, for a number of reasons. States with legalized casino action have strict rules on how security has to be managed and they’re not that difficult to follow, unless the venue simply doesn’t want to follow them. However, doing so leads to issues, as the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania is finding out. It has been fined by state regulators for not playing by the rules.
The Mohegan Sun received a fine of $150,000 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) yesterday because it continuously fails to meet state requirements on security staffing levels. Across 116 days, from January 3 to April 28, the casino failed to maintain obligatory levels on 91 days. In some instances, usually at night when the casino might already be at a bigger disadvantage, there were three less guards than what PGCB regulations require.
The casino has acknowledged that it was remiss in its responsibilities, with its owner, Downs Racing, saying through its lawyer, “Downs Racing obviously takes this matter very seriously and accepts responsibility for the deviations from internal controls that are subject to this consent agreement and have worked with the Office of Enforcement Counsel to resolve the matter.”
However, it believes that it isn’t totally at fault. According to law, casino guards have to be vetted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). After a guard shortage in Pennsylvania late last year, Mohegan Sun began trying to recruit more, but the federal government shut down at the beginning of this year, which lasted 34 days, prevented it from hiring anyone for the open positions until after the IRS had a chance to weigh in.
Still, the PGCB believes that the property could have been more proactive in finding an alternative solution and decided to hold the casino accountable so it doesn’t repeat its mistakes.