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Bingo Operator Criticizes Indiana Sanctions

15 August 2002

INDIANA – As reported by the (East Indiana) Star Press: "The bingo operator for a local fraternal organization that just lost its gaming license said this week that she believed state agencies targeted her lodge despite the presence of gambling machines in many locations.

"`Why they're singling us out, we have no idea,' said Darlene Wolf, who operated bingo and other charity gaming at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 231.

"The Indiana Department of Revenue last week revoked the bingo license of the Eagles lodge and prohibited it from conducting any kind of charity gaming for 5 years.

"…The lodge appealed the state's decision to revoke its license. The Eagles reported raising $2.6 million from bingo in the year prior to October 2001. All but about $200,000 of that was paid back in game prizes.

"Wolf said the Department of Revenue had scheduled a November hearing on the lodge's appeal of the revocation. In the meantime, she said, the state had allowed the lodge to conduct bingo.

"…Local law enforcement has for the most part left gambling machines alone, and the machines have been in most local bars, taverns and lodges for the past 20 years.

"`They should make the machines legal so all can have them or make them illegal so no one can have them,' Wolf said…"

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