Philly DA gets $150K grant to help curb illegal gambling

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams joked that Christmas came early when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board presented him with a $150,000 grant.

“The grant will help the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office investigate and prosecute illegal gambling activities,” said Williams. Even with a casino in Philadelphia, Williams says his office is seeing more illegal gambling. “The cost of investigating and prosecuting these crimes are substantial for both the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney’s office,” he said. The money will go directly to the three-person Gaming Control Task Force, helping to pay the salaries of the force’s prosecutor and detective.

A 2008 grant from the Gaming Control Board funded the task force’s work for a while, but it ran out long ago.

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