Mass. casino school owner responds to allegations

Consumer protection officials in Massachusetts say a school that trains people for casino jobs has been fined $1,500 for alleged violations that include inflating potential earnings for its graduates in advertising material.

The state Division of Professional Licensure announced Tuesday that the fine against North Attleborough-based New England Casino Dealer Academy resolves several allegations.

State officials said the school misrepresented the amount that casino workers could earn in advertising.

According to Joe Tutalo, owner of the NECDA, a sign advertised dealers can earn between $65,000 and $90,000 a year. He said that sign has been taken down.

The school also allegedly failed to maintain adequate student records and did not request approval to change ownership as required by law.

Tutalo says two student applications were not signed. He said measures have been taken so that every application is double-checked by management.

The for-profit private school provides training for casino dealers, pit bosses, table supervisors, and other casino workers.

Tutalo said about 250 people have earned their certificate from the program and most have scored jobs within weeks of graduating.

"They got a life now, they got a career. They can go anywhere in the world," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.