St. Mary’s County Alcohol Board Suspends Brass Rail Liquor License for 30 Days

January 14, 2016

20160114_164820Charles Benedict “Dickie” Gatton appeared before the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Board on Thursday, January 14, 2016 for a violation of allowing the Brass Rail to be used for the purpose of gambling.

The board suspended the license for 30 days and fined them $1,000.  Gatton has 10 days to pay the fine, and the ruling can be appealed to the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court within 30 days.

An investigation was initiated on January 23, 2015 when detectives visited the Brass Rail Sports Bar located in Great Mills,to investigate the presence of additional gaming devices that were being operated by Roger Benfield.

Investigators made contact with Charles Benedict “Dickie” Gatton and Hilda Mae Gatton who own and operate the establishment. The investigators also discovered the presence of five (5) gaming devices. An inspection of the devices revealed four of the devices operated in the same manner as the devices located in the Patuxent Moose Lodge and one device that functioned as a pull-tab vending machine, both of which are gaming devices.

20160114_164802The investigation revealed, in 2008 Charles “Dickie” Gatton entered into an agreement with the Leonardtown Lions Club that permitted a gaming device to be placed inside the Brass Rail Sports Bar and the proceeds from the gaming device to be divided evenly between the Leonardtown Lions Club and the Brass Rail Sports Bar. The device, which was the previously described pull-tab vending machine, was managed exclusively by Hilda Mae Gatton and required her, among other tasks, to collect money from the device and ensure the proper disbursement to the Leonardtown Lions Club and to the Brass Rails Sports Bar.

The investigation also revealed that in January of 2012 Roger Benfield and Charles “Dickie” Gatton entered into an agreement that permitted Roger Benfield to place four (4) gaming devices inside the establishment and required Roger Benfield to manage the devices, which included collecting money from the devices and ensuring the proper disbursement to the Brass Rail Sports Bar and R.E. Benfield Enterprises, Incorporated.

All of the gaming devices were seized from the establishment and additional items of evidence were obtained by the investigators. An inspection of those documents revealed from January of 2012 through December of 2014 Hilda Mae Gatton and the Leonardtown Lions Club both received approximately $24,460.00 in proceeds from the operation of the gaming device. Furthermore, those same documents and records indicate Charles “Dickie” Gatton and Roger Benfield both received approximately $109,498.00 from the operation of the four (4) gaming devices from January of 2012 through December of 2014. With respect to Charles Gatton, it is believed that he retained approximately $73,892.00 of his share of the proceeds for personal benefit while giving just $35,606.00 to the Leonardtown Lions Club. With respect to Roger Benfield, it is believed he retained his entire share of the proceeds for personal benefit.

During the course of the investigation several search and seizure warrants were obtained which lead to the seizure of gaming devices and more than $129,000.00 in cash from proceeds of the gaming devices in the possession of Charles (Dickie) and Hilda Mae Gatton.

Roger Benfield was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of keeping a gaming table at the Brass Rail Sports Bar, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value more than $100,000.00. Charles “Dickie” Gatton was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of permitting a gaming table to be kept at the Brass Rail, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00. Hilda Mae Gatton was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.

In total, the gaming devices at the Brass Rail Sports Bar alone generated more than $300,000.00 in gross proceeds, of which the Leonardtown Lions Club received only $60,000.00. By law, all of the proceeds must be directed to the charity.

 

 

31 Responses to St. Mary’s County Alcohol Board Suspends Brass Rail Liquor License for 30 Days

  1. Anonymous on January 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    So why wait this long to shut them down for this?

  2. John on January 14, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    How many times are you going to put the full name to include the nickname in this article?

  3. Dan on January 14, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Seriously? Do our deputies really have nothing better to do?

    • Roger on January 15, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Typical. You’re right, let’s just forget about all of the laws.

      • St Marys Guy on January 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        There are just a lot more things they could be doing like getting the crack dealers off the street etc.

        • aFTeRLiFe on January 16, 2016 at 2:05 pm

          I love it when idiots post stuff like this. It should be common sense but just about any other work place, they have different divisions for a reason. The ones that focus on “crack dealers” aren’t the ones doing the alcohol board as well. Please learn something before you talk non-sense. Let’s just forget about all the laws and enforce just the one that you agree with, Dan? Idiot

        • Keepin It Real on January 16, 2016 at 5:49 pm

          Yeah cause they can’t possibly do more than one thing at once…..

        • Anonymous on January 16, 2016 at 10:44 pm

          Right. So when the judge gives them an arrest warrant they should just tell him to do it himself? That isn’t how it works.

      • Dan on January 17, 2016 at 1:39 am

        Not all of them. Just the ones that are a waste of time and resources that only serve to protect adults from their own stupidity.

        • Roger on January 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

          Sure, then we have pay welfare because they don’t have an income.

    • Keepin It Real on January 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

      That must be it.

  4. Old S.E. Dog on January 15, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Must be pillars of the community!
    Nothing says it like stealing from charities !!!
    Quite low class.

  5. ace high on January 15, 2016 at 4:28 am

    How did the black guys all get 15 years in federal prison for doing the same thing at heavyhitters in which they own and still own !!!!!!

    • Wiley on January 15, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Because they were selling more than alcohol and chicken wings.

    • D on January 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      I’m pretty sure the charges at hitters had nothing to do with gambling. Also, the owners are definitely white so I am not sure you know what you are talking about.

    • D on January 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      the owners are white? and did not get charged with anything dealing with gambling?

    • JJ Davis on January 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      That was a federal drug investigation

  6. Anonymous on January 15, 2016 at 5:50 am

    No different then state run lotteries

    • Dan on January 17, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Lotteries are even worse, IME

  7. Bean on January 15, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I think there are bigger things to worry about then this. Way to st.marys sheriff wasting time on this while they dealt with this somebody house just got robbed,that they dont do anything about. Just crazy where the focus on crime is.

    • aFTeRLiFe on January 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Really? Another fool that doesn’t understand that like any business they have different divisions and roles? Obviously never had a job before… Fool

    • Wiley on January 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Yeah, that’s it. They do nothing about a house that was robbed. So what you are saying is that you will submit a list to Tim Cameron telling him all the laws you think should be enforced and a list that the sheriff’s office should look the other way at? This man was elected to enforce all laws you buffoon. What you think they should be doing is different than your neighbor, therefore, by simple logic all laws should be enforced. Or you could run for sheriff and show them how it’s done.

  8. Big Brother on January 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

    For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

  9. annonymous on January 15, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Sounds like it was well worth it. They made much more money than the fine and that is only the amount the investigation disclosed. I am sure they will be right back to their old ways in 30 days. BECAUSE crime pays in Maryland due to our week judiciary system.

    • Roger on January 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Perhaps if it were a month judicial system it would be better.

  10. Christina on January 15, 2016 at 10:15 am

    waiting for the onslaught of drunkards to chime in…

  11. kelly on January 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I notice power ball is legal

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Yes, because it is controlled & gets taxed. The only gambling government allows is the kind they can keep track of and get their share from. It’s also one of the few ways they get money out of the lower income folks, as they are more likely to spend money on it…on a regular basis.

  12. Wiley on January 15, 2016 at 11:26 am

    So glad Mike Miller came in to save the day for Calvert County. They must be special over there to have allowed gambling this long in North Beach. Hypocrites.

    • MOM on January 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Yes, we are special. It gets boring at Gerry D’s flop house… er, I mean spa, sometimes.

  13. Anonymous on January 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Yall are dumb