Confusion and honest mistakes... that was part of the testimony of the founder of the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi or FAIM at a hearing Tuesday.
Billy Murphy is appealing the State Gaming Commission's decision not to renew his charitable bingo license based on three allegations including improper spending of the charity's money.
Judge Joan Myers from the Attorney General's office heard the case.
"This is not a reason that violates even the intent of the gaming regulation so, at worst, it's an honest mistake and it's not a reason to close them down," said Eric Hamer, attorney for the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi.
"The commission's decision is based on these three instances; each individually is grounds for denial of the application. Together they are more than enough grounds for denial of application,' said Thomas Mueller with the Mississippi Gaming Commission.
FAIM received the bulk of its funding from Boxcar Bingo hall located in Olive Branch. But Gaming Commission attorney Thomas Mueller testified that honest mistakes are mistakes nonetheless and he recommends FAIM's bingo license not be renewed.
A final decision could take 30 to 60 days and the charity will continue operations during that time.
The group, which promotes fine arts in the state, is also appealing the Secretary of State's decision to shut FAIM down. That hearing will be held on March 2nd.
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