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Licensing Board to Discuss Alleged Illegal Gambling at Salem VFW

The Salem Licensing Board will discuss allegations of illegal gambling at the Salem VFW during their meeting tonight.

Salem Patch file photo.
Salem Patch file photo.

At their meeting tonight, the Salem Licensing Board will discuss a recently-fled four-point complaint against the Witch City Post No. 1524 VFW on Derby Street.

According to the complaint, which will be presented by Det. Sgt. James Page, the A.B.C.C. contacted Page in September regarding alleged 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 at a meeting last month:

  • 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 updates from tonight's meeting.

Merry Christmas February 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM
A shame on these liberal facist public officaials in salem. these people serve and die for your country and so they can make a living. we legalist casinos and have keno parlors and allow bingo in churches which is gambling but they do this to the people who free our shores and ancestors so they could live and have a wonderful life. instead they are giving illegal immigrants rights while we take away younger hard working 4th generation americans and veterans. what disgrace salem and some of its officals are ill bet some on board are past there limits. our country is going to hell in a hand basket.
John Dumas February 10, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Good judgement, common sense, and propriety are sorely missing. How did the police evolve from defending us from abuse to being offensive out to get you and intolerant?
Salem is my home February 10, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Well, so far I can't see what the VFW is alleged to have done -- and don't see any reason to get so upset about it until we do! Perhaps it is "illegal gambling" because the VFW didn't obtain appropriate licenses? Would we then argue that because they are veterans they don't have to follow the licensing regulations? Perhaps it is something more egregious -- do we say "Oh, well, veterans -- no need to enforce the rules here." Let's wait and wee what the problem really is before we castigate the police as lacking judgment, etc.
John Dumas February 10, 2014 at 02:00 PM
"Oh, well, veterans -- no need to enforce the rules here." Exactly, there is no need to jump ugly on them. Just turn around and get a permit for them at the clerks office. Let's set up a fund to help the veteran's have their little harmless amusements. Change ANY law that is abusive to those we owe everything.
Merry Christmas February 10, 2014 at 02:01 PM
veterans should not have to point blank.
David Allen February 10, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I bet (pun intended) that there are football square and march madness pools at each of the police and fire stations.
john February 10, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Why has this establishment been targeted when football squares are available in almost every bar in Salem? Canal St, Washington St, Jefferson Ave, Derby St, Bridge St, North St and the list goes on.
Merry Christmas February 12, 2014 at 08:19 AM
police dept was mentioned sounds like the fbi should look into this.

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