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Preliminary hearing delayed for Waynesboro Moose in illegal gaming probe

Organization faces charges in connection with Super Bowl pool

Organization faces charges in connection with Super Bowl pool

April 02, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1191 of Waynesboro, Pa., and a past governor of the organization have had their preliminary hearing on illegal gambling charges involving a Super Bowl pool delayed until next month.

The Bureau of Liquor Code Enforcement of the Pennsylvania State Police filed misdemeanor charges including engaging in pool selling, book making and receiving bets or wagers against the lodge and Albert G. Henderson, 60, of Quincy, Pa., according to the criminal complaint.

The continuance was requested to allow for more time to review and research the case, said Patrick Redding, the attorney representing both the lodge and Henderson.

On Jan. 31, an undercover officer with the bureau went into the lodge and sat down beside Henderson, the affidavit of probable cause stated. Also present at the time was the lodge manager, Terry Garrett, it stated.

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Henderson was selling blocks for a Super Bowl pool and the undercover officer bought one for $50, police said. The sale of all the available blocks would have totaled $5,000, with payouts totaling $3,100, including $1,000 for the fourth-quarter winner.

Police returned to the lodge on Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3 and seized the pool, the affidavit stated. Club officials were aware of the football pool, police said.

"It is actually an illegal activity. Betting pools are illegal," said Franklin County Treasurer Dave Secor, whose office issues licenses for small games of chance. It is not among the four types of games allowed to be played in fraternal and nonprofit organizations and clubs under Pennsylvania's Small Games of Chance Act, he said.

Those include daily or weekly drawings, pull tabs, punch boards and raffles, Secor said.

The law also limits top prizes in small games of chance to $500, according to the law, which is available on the Treasurer's Office Web site.

Redding said the preliminary hearing is rescheduled for May 6.

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To see a copy of the small games of chance state law, go to Franklin County's Web site at www.co.franklin.pa.us. Click on Permits/Licenses/publication on the left side, then click on small games of chance license.

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