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State board probes Ogdensburg VFW’s gambling revenue

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OGDENSBURG — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2936 is under investigation by the state Racing and Wagering Board for allegedly failing to report its gambling proceeds.

The state is investigating and cannot comment any further, said Lee Parks, Racing and Wagering Board spokesman.

Until the amount owed to the state can be determined, the post will remain closed and the organization’s bell jar license has been revoked.

The post, at 525 Caroline St., has been closed since October after it failed to pay its electricity, heating and phone bills.

At a meeting in November, at least 60 former members expressed interest in the post’s reopening. Post members are seeking donations to pay its debts and reopen the post.

Frank A. Northrup, VFW District 4 commander in charge of the post’s reopening, said he could not comment on the investigation until it is concluded.

Mr. Northrup could not say in November how much money the post owes because it was still being tallied, but he predicted the post would be “back on its feet within a month.”

He had said no illegal activity took place at the post.

Attempts to reach Larry F. Latimer, former post commander, were unsuccessful last week.

Mr. Latimer resigned in November, shortly after the post closed. He has estimated the post owes a few thousand dollars for outstanding utility bills.

Lester M. Duvall, who has assumed the role of unofficial post commander, did not return a call seeking comment.

He has said a lapse in keeping financial paperwork is partially to blame for the post’s closure.

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