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Mohegan Sun Pocono probed for irregularities

The Mohegan Sun Pocono casino is being investigated for ongoing financial irregularities, local media reports.

Last year, three people including the former vice president of Mohegan Sun Pocono were charged with running a gambling scheme that scammed the casino out of more than US$400,000. The three are alleged to have defrauded the casino by using $478,350 in free slot play to illegally win $422,147.

In a filing on late Wednesday afternoon with the SEC, the gaming authority announced that a review of “possible operational control deficiencies” at Mohegan Sun Pocono could cause a late filing of its latest quarterly report.

“The operational control deficiencies, which we are presently in the process of remediating, relate to, among other things, our system of tracking and reporting the issuance of certain customer incentives such as free slots play,” read the filing.

Based on preliminary findings, MGTA said in its filing that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel “anticipates that Mohegan Sun Pocono will be subject to disciplinary action including a fine and undertakings to remediate the issues identified ...”

The authority also noted that while conducting its own review of the casino’s operations in January, it terminated its relationship with marketing and advertising firm ReferLocal, which Soper had a 5 percent equity interest in.

On Feb. 16, MGTA announced CEO Bobby Soper’s resignation, effective immediately. It is understood Soper resigned to “pursue other opportunities”.

In the interim, Soper will replaced by MTGA’s former CEO Mitchell Grossinger Etess.

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