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Eagles Club faces liquor license suspension

October 11, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Eagles Club Inc., which began this year closed due to gaming violations, faces another suspension of its liquor license following a Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement investigation.

An administrative law judge issued a suspension of the club’s liquor license from Dec. 10, 2012, to May 9, 2013. The judge’s decision also calls for a $4,000 fine, according to Officer John Mathias, a supervisor with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

The penalties are attached to four alleged violations from an investigation spanning June to November 2011.

The violations are:

  • Misused proceeds from small games of chance.
  • Gambling beyond what is allowed under small games of chance legislation.
  • Failure to keep complete and truthful records.
  • Awarding more than $5,000 a week in prizes during the weeks audited.

Since the time of the audits, Pennsylvania law has changed and increased the allowable weekly payouts to $25,000.

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“Even if the new limits would’ve been in effect, (the Eagles Club) would’ve still been in excess,” Mathias said.
The administrative law judge has discretion on the penalties and can consider past offenses, he said.

A representative of the Eagles Club, at 16 E. Main St., did not return a call seeking comment.

The club, which has about 3,200 members, was closed for 60 days earlier in the year, according to published reports. A club official said at the time that 34 staff members were laid off during the closure.

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