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Alaska Court Says State Can Sue Bingo Managers

26 June 2001

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– As reported by the Associated Press: "The state can sue charitable gaming managers who overcharge charities or withhold minimum proceeds, a court ruled.

"The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the attorney general's authority to enforce charitable trusts gives him the power to sue on their behalf if a charity's officers dismiss a claim for less than the amount it is owed.

"The decision allows a lawsuit to continue against Mark and Sue Griffin of Anchorage, whom the attorney general says shortchanged nonprofit organizations by nearly $500,000 when the Griffins conducted bingo games or sold pull-tabs on behalf of the groups.

"…The suit focused on a pair of `multiple-beneficiary permittees' that, under state law, are allowed to operate charitable gaming for up to six nonprofit organizations…"

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