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Salem Licensing Board Looking into Illegal Gambling at VFW

The Salem Licensing Board is looking into allegations of illegal gambling at the VFW on Derby Street.

Salem Patch file photo.
Salem Patch file photo.

At the Salem Licensing Board meeting Monday night, Det. Sgt. James Page presented members with a four-point complaint he is filing against the Witch City Post No. 1524 VFW on Derby Street.

According to the complaint, the A.B.C.C. contacted Page in September regarding a complaint they received of illegal gambling at the VFW. 

On Sunday, Dec. 22, the Senior Investigator of the A.B.C.C’s Investigation Enforcement Division and Page conducted an administrative inspection of the club. Several members of the Salem Police Department Criminal Investigation Division reportedly assisted with the inspection. 

As a result of the inspection, Page brought the following charges to the board Monday night:

  • A violation of 204 CMR 2.05 (2), “Permitting an Illegality on the Licensed Premises, to wit: M.G.L. c271, s17 Keeping a building or room or any part thereof for registering bets.
  • A violation of 204 CMR 2.05(1), “Permitting Gambling”, to wit: Gambling of any sort, except those games of chance authorized by the Legislature and/or local licensing authorities, shall not be permitted on any license premises (football cards).
  • A violation of 204 CMR 2.05(1), “Permitting Gambling”, to wit: Gambling of any sort, except those games of chance authorized by the Legislature and/or local licensing authorities, shall not be permitted on any license premises (football squares).
  • A violation of 204 CMR 2.05, “Licensed Premises”, to wit: Gambling of any sort, except those games of chance authorized by the Legislature and/or local licensing authorities, shall not be permitted on any license premises (Super Bowl Raffle).

Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available. 

nancy wilkins January 17, 2014 at 09:38 PM
With the rampant fraud and abuse of EBT cards, tax payer funded, this state and city are going after a VFW for football squares. We have fallen to new low.
Brian Dapice January 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Agree Nancy. This is a very exciting bust indeed. Well worth the payroll involved.
bobsky78 January 18, 2014 at 09:05 AM
What bar in Salem (or any other community) doesn't do squares for the Superbowl??
Thomas Vallor January 18, 2014 at 03:23 PM
People who think there is rampant abuse of the EBT system are watching too much Fox News. There is absolutely no data to back that claim up, and in fact, statistics show people rarely abuse this system. Stop being brainwashed and pay attention to the facts.
David Allen January 19, 2014 at 01:37 AM
As if they aren't running the same kind of betting pools at the police and fire stations...

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