No casino-related charges against DeNaples

April 14, 2009 6:44:12 AM PDT
Prosecutors to drop perjury charges against Poconos casino owner Louis DeNaples

Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico said Tuesday his office will drop the criminal charges in exchange for DeNaples' agreement not to exercise any legal control over his Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains.

The agreement calls for DeNaples to turn over all of his interests in the business to a trust in the name of his daughter, Lisa DeNaples, who is currently the casino's chief operating officer.

DeNaples was charged in January 2008 with four counts of perjury and accused of lying to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board about his connections to organized crime figures in his bid to get a casino license.

The charges were recommended by a Dauphin County grand jury based on evidence gathered by state police investigators.