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Judge fines man for gaming violations

January 31, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

An administrative law judge has fined a Hagerstown businessman $10,000 for the latest in a series of gaming violations that stripped him of his wholesaler's license last year.

Judge Dale McCloud ruled Jan. 27 that Robert Lauver:

  • Failed to collect the full amount of gross profits due in four instances. A total fine of $5,000 was levied.
  • Sale of tip jar games to an unlicensed operator. A fine of $5,000 was levied.


All the citations lodged against Lauver, the owner of B&B Games, trading as Todd Amusements, came as a result of investigations by the Washington County Gaming Commission.

Normally in cases such as these, the fines are accompanied by a suspension or revocation of the wholesaler's license.

But in these cases, Lauver's license had already been pulled last year for prior violations, according to court records.

Several of those prior incidents are on appeal to the Washington County Circuit Court. A hearing is set for Feb. 28, according to court records.

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In those cases, Lauver is appealing the imposition of $4,800 in fines and the suspension of his wholesaler's license.

Last March, Todd Amusements was fined for five violations of the Washington County gaming laws, according to a ruling by Administrative Law Judge Douglas Koteen.

Gaming coordinator Kathy Sterling said Lauver was found in violation for:

  • Two instances of submitting his wholesaler monthly reports in paper form rather than on computer disk as directed by the regulations of the gaming commission. He was fined $300.
  • Failure to submit accurate records on gross proceeds, specifically in several instances where question marks were in the column rather than the required figures.


On other forms, dashes or blanks or the letters "var" were in columns where dollar amounts are required. The fine was $3,000 for two instances of violation.

  • Too little profit was reported for the Crab Claw game, which by statute must show $65 as contribution on each $100 jar. The fine was $1,500 for one violation.


Efforts to reach Lauver Friday were unsuccessful.

Before the license suspension, Todd supplied between 30 and 50 taverns and restaurants with gaming devices and supplies.

The two judges ruled in all these cases that Lauver won't be eligible for either a wholesaler's or operator's license until all fines are paid.

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