|In America, two defendants charged with gambling offences in the eastern state of Pennsylvania have given up their right to a preliminary hearing and are now set to be formally arraigned on June 18.|
Albert Henderson, the former Lodge Governor for the Waynesboro Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1191 in Franklin County, and Tony Garrett, the club’s custodian, are charged with engaging in pool selling and bookmaking and receiving bets or wagers on the Super Bowl.
The misdemeanour charges stem from an investigation in January by the Pennsylvania State Police's Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement into illegal gambling activity involving a Super Bowl pool allegedly being conducted at the club. According to court documents, Henderson sold a $50 block on a Super Bowl pool chart to an undercover investigator just prior to the event.
These pools are illegal in Pennsylvania although the state does allow organisations such as veterans' clubs and fraternal organisations with alcohol licenses to raise money by running punchboards, pull-tabs, raffles including lotteries and daily and weekly drawings.
The State’s law puts limits on both payouts and the purposes for which proceeds can be used and investigators allege that the proceeds from the pool were earmarked for prizes, food and the club's building fund. According to an affidavit filed in the two cases, the payout structure on the pool included prizes ranging from $1,000 to $50 totalling $3,100. This would have left $1,900 in profits if all of the blocks in the pool had been sold.
Investigators allege that the pool was being run with the knowledge of club officers and that several members were present on Super Bowl Sunday when police raided the club, seized the pool and spoke with Henderson.