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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Send in the Gaming Board!

- You think that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is taking its responsibility to issue casino licenses to the tracks there seriously?

Philadelphia Park is 80 percent owned by London-based financier Watche A. Manoukian, who bankrolled [Philly Park's parent company's CEO Robert Green] and partners when they bought the struggling track in 1990 and made it profitable.

A 1999 Inquirer series showed how Manoukian used the track as a tax shelter through a series of offshore holding companies. But Manoukian and 32 others identified as key personnel came through more than 3,300 hours of investigation over nine months by the Gaming Control Board.

Green said board investigators tracked down his ex-wife, whom he hasn't been married to in 25 years, in a remote part of Ireland. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Maybe we should sic these guys on bin Laden.