Well, maybe Louis A. DeNaples isn’t such a bad guy

Apr 21, 2009 5:08 PM
by Ray Poirier | First, the prosecutors said Louis A. DeNaples (pictured, on left), owner of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Pennsylvania, was a mobster or associated with mobsters and if he denied it, he would be charged with perjury.

He denied it and was charged with perjury.

Then they confronted a lifelong friend, Father Joseph Sica (pictured, on right), and said he, like DeNaples, associated with mobsters and if he denied it he would be charged with perjury.

He denied it and was charged with perjury.

Then, the state found out that if the casino were to continue operating, and providing needed state revenue, it would need a cash infusion from DeNaples. So, gaming regulators gave him permission to provide the necessary cash.

And after reviewing the whole proceedings, prosecutors felt it was time to back off. So they set up a deal whereby DeNaples would turn over the casino business to his daughter and they would drop the charges.

He agreed and the charges were dropped.

Then they said there was no reason to go forward with the charges against Father Sica so those charges were dropped also.

Now, it seems all the legal hassling could have been avoided. Two months before DeNaples was charged, he was preparing to transfer ownership of the casino to his daughter and other family members.

As for Father Sica, he was quoted as saying, "I placed my trust in God, the truth and the system and I was not let down."

Neither were the taxpayers since DeNaples has agreed to pay the costs of prosecution, a bill that will exceed $100,000.