ATLANTIC CITY - Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and the former Trump Marina Hotel Casino have agreed to pay a total of $38,000 in fines for using unauthorized slot machines in 2009, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced Thursday.
In addition, a $20,000 fine was imposed on KGM Gaming LLC, a distributor that supplied the slot machines to the Trump casinos without filing the proper paperwork with gaming regulators. KGM agreed to the fine.
"We have strong regulations in place to ensure integrity with casino operations in Atlantic City. We need to make it clear that the Division will not tolerate it when those regulations are violated," DGE Director David Rebuck said in a statement.
Trump Marina, which was sold last year and has been rebranded as the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, used seven unauthorized slot machines between April and June 2009. During that time, the casino had $215,502 in winnings from those machines. Trump Marina agreed to pay a $35,000 fine to settle the case.
Trump Plaza had 22 unauthorized slot machines on its casino floor from May to June 2009, resulting in winnings of $181,326 during that time. Trump Plaza will pay a fine of $3,000.
The DGE said the Trump casinos failed to follow procedures for ensuring that the proper paperwork was filed and approved prior to accepting the slot machines. Rebuck, however, praised both casinos for telling the DGE of the mix-up once it was discovered.
"It was with the cooperation and diligence of Trump Marina and Trump Plaza that the violations were uncovered, and we commend them for their forthright position in notifying the Division," he said.
Money received by the state as part of gaming settlement agreements is directed to the Casino Revenue Fund, which supports treatment and education programs for compulsive gamblers and programs benefiting senior citizens and people with disabilities.