HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday decided not to lift restrictions on Scranton businessman Louis DeNaples’ dealings with Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
According to The Inquirer:
DeNaples developed Mount Airy but was forced to turn it over to his daughter after he was charged in 2008 with lying to the board about ties to reputed mobsters. A Dauphin County judge ordered the record of DeNaples’ prosecution expunged after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court intervened to have the perjury charges dropped, but a 2012 Gaming Board order said DeNaples was still not allowed to benefit financially from the casino without board approval.
Mount Airy asked the board last year to lift the restriction so businesses owned by DeNaples could supply goods and services such as auto parts and garbage hauling to the casino at cost. The board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel was open to that, but first wanted to complete a background investigation on DeNaples.
The Office and Mount Airy negotiated for about two months on the scope of a background check and could not agree. So the board on Wednesday voted unanimously to keep restrictions in place, though it remained open to modifying its original order if DeNaples passed a background check.