June 16, 2019

Man pays $150 fine on gambling machine

BANGOR – A Milford man was fined Thursday in 3rd District Court for possessing a gambling device that was removed last year from the Elks Club in Old Town, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

William Plummer Sr., 57, was fined $300, with $150 suspended, after he pleaded no contest to possession of a gambling device, a Class D crime. Court documents did not describe the exact nature of the device.

The Elks Lodge, located on North Fourth Street, has not been charged.

Plummer faced up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,000.

The illegal device was reported to the gambling division of the Maine State Police in May 2006, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Friday.

The southern Maine company that left the device at the club also could face charges, according to Assistant District Attorney James Diehl, who handled Plummer’s case.

More than 15 years ago, a firm in Leeds was fined $2,500 in 1st District Court in Madawaska for distribution of unlicensed and unlawful gambling apparatus, according to the Bangor Daily News,

Three machines were removed in March 1992 from the American Legion Hall, and two were removed from Jackie’s Bar and Grill, both in Madawaska.

The Biddeford Eagle Aerie in 2001 was fined $15,000 for illegal gambling activities in 1999.

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