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  THE DIVISION OF GAMING ENFORCEMENT
 
   
  The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) was established pursuant to the Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act of 1995 and acts as the investigatory and enforcement arm of the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission. Under the general direction of the Attorney General and the direct supervision of a Director, the DGE is responsible for protecting the public interest by maintaining a legitimate and viable industry through enforcement of the casino laws and regulations enacted thereto. Oversight by the DGE includes investigations, inspections, audits and criminal and regulatory prosecutions.

POWERS AND DUTIES


Applicant Investigations:
  Title 32 Section 428 Virgin Islands Code mandates that the DGE investigate the qualifications of each applicant before any license certificate, or permit is issued by the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission (CCC).  The DGE conducts investigations of all license applicants to include casino owners, managers, employees and service industries including their owners and key employees to determine their suitability for licensure based on the applicants integrity, honesty and good character and reports its findings to the CCC.  The CCC has the authority to grant or deny a license based on the findings of the DGE.

Regulatory Enforcement:
  The DGE is responsible for enforcing the V.I. Casino laws and the Rules and Regulations enacted thereto, including: accounting and internal controls, rules of the games, gaming equipment, patron complaints, security and surveillance and other matters related to the daily operation of the casino.  The DGE is required to investigate the circumstances surrounding any act or transaction for which CCC approval is required.  The DGE is also required to investigate any violation of the laws or rules and regulations, and initiate, prosecute or defend such proceedings before the CCC or the courts of the Virgin Islands, or appeals therefrom as the DGE or CCC may deem appropriate.

  At the request of the CCC, the DGE must conduct reviews of casino operations through on-site observation and other reasonable means to assure compliance with the CCC rules and regulations.  The DGE must receive and take appropriate action on any referral from the CCC relating to any evidence of violation of the rules and regulations.  At the request of the CCC, the DGE conducts audits of casino operations, including reviews of accounting, administrative and financial records, and management control systems, procedures and records utilized by a casino licensee.

Testing of Gaming Equipment:
  Before any gaming equipment is approved for use on a casino floor, that equipment has to be tested by the DGE to ensure that the equipment meets the standards established by the CCC. Additionally, the DGE is required to verify any jackpot of $25,000 or more before such jackpot can be paid.


 

R. Oliver David, Esq., Director
Division of Gaming Enforcement
The Virgin Islands Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
5 Estate Orange Grove
Christiansted
St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00820
340-773-9341, telephone
340-773-3442, facsimile

 
  
 
What is the difference between the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission?
 

     The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) is the investigative and law enforcement arm of the Casino Control Commission. The DGE is a component of the Department of Justice and is under the direct supervision of the Attorney General. The Casino Control Commission regulates casino gaming in the Virgin Islands. When dealing with license applications or regulatory violations, the Division of Gaming Enforcement acts as the police/prosecuting agency while the Casino Control Commission acts in a quasi-judicial manner, ruling on those applications and assessing penalties for any regulatory violations.

 
Does the Division of Gaming Enforcement regulate all types of gaming in the Virgin Islands?
 
     The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) regulates gaming in licensed casino establishments in the Virgin Islands. The DGE is also responsible for regulating internet gaming. The Virgin Islands Lottery oversees traditional lottery and video lottery. The Virgin Islands Horseracing Commission oversees pari-mutuel betting.
 
What are the requirements to apply for a casino license?
 

     All entities and individuals wishing to do business in a casino establishment must apply for a license with the Casino Control Commission.

 
Where is the Division of Gaming Enforcement located?
 
     The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) is housed in the same building as the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission located at #5 Estate Orange Grove, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI.
 
Who is in charge of the Division of Gaming Enforcement?
 
     The Division of Gaming Enforcement i(DGE) s under the immediate supervision of a Director who is also sworn as an Assistant Attorney General and oversees the work of the Division under the direction and supervision of the Attorney General.  The Director is appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Virgin Islands Legislature. 
 
How do I file a complaint against a casino?
 

     A complaint against a casino can be filed at the Casino Control Commission Office:
   
 #5 Estate Orange Grove
   
 Christiansted
     St. Croix, USVI
    (340)-773-3616, telephone
    (340)-773-3136, facsimile

 
How long does it take to complete an investigation?
 
     Background, complaints, and criminal investigations vary on a case-by-case basis. For questions regarding your casino related investigation, call (340)-773-9341.