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Police Station Allegedly Used for Gambling Ring

16 February 2005

NORWICH, Connecticut – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "The president of the city police union filed a complaint Tuesday alleging that the police station was used Saturday for an illegal NASCAR gambling ring in which the on-duty shift commander and numerous off-duty police officers participated.

"Officer Joseph T. Dolan said about 25 people — including six civilians — came to the station Saturday afternoon and were there for 90 minutes. Dolan did not attend the gathering but was told that participants paid money and 'bets were recorded,' he wrote in a two-page letter on union stationery to City Manager Richard Podurgiel.

"The union chief alleged that the station was being used as a 'betting parlor' on taxpayers' time and money, and that Podurgiel and the City Council need to exercise tighter control over the department.

"…The activity in question involved the start of an annual NASCAR fantasy league, in which participants pay an entry fee — said to be $30 to $40 — and choose racers and cars from NASCAR competition. Participants keep track of their teams during the racing season and may trade cars or racers. At the end of the year, the league coordinator compiles points, buys a trophy for the winner and distributes the money based on standings…"

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