Posted on Tue, Mar. 4, 2008
The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board officials knew about an ongoing state police perjury investigation into a northeastern Pennsylvania businessman before the panel awarded him a casino license, the state’s top police commander told senators Tuesday.
With gaming board officials apparently saying the opposite , that they knew nothing of the investigation into Louis A. DeNaples , one senator asked who was being untruthful.
Col. Jeffrey Miller, the Pennsylvania State Police commissioner, told the Senate Appropriations Committee that one of his troopers repeatedly told the gaming board’s top agents about the investigation in the weeks before the panel awarded a casino license to DeNaples.
Miller also said he believes that then-board chairman Tad Decker knew about the investigation before the Dec. 20, 2006, vote. Miller, however, suggested that not all seven gaming board members were privy to what agents in the board’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement knew.
“The board should have known because the BIE did know because they were the ones who referred it to us in the first place,” Miller told the senators.
Decker has insisted that the gaming board had no evidence to find DeNaples unsuitable for casino ownership, but that the state police had such evidence and didn’t share it.
The state police charged DeNaples on Jan. 30 with four counts of perjury and accused him of lying to gaming board agents to win a license for Mount Airy Casino Resort, which DeNaples opened in October.
DeNaples allegedly lied about the extent of his relationships with two reputed heads of a Scranton-area organized crime family and two men at the center of a federal investigation into corruption involving Philadelphia City Hall.