Frankfort, KY – The federal government is funding Kentucky's effort to keep terrorists out of the state's bingo halls.
The state Office of Charitable Gaming won a $36,300 federal Homeland Security grant. Officials say they'll use the money to guarentee that money from bingo and pull-tab games does not fund terrorism.
Charitable gaming has more then 1,300 organizations licensed in kentucky to raise money through gambling. It raised
$ 51 million in 2003.
John Holiday is enforcement director at the Office of Charitable Gaming in Frankfort. He says to the best of his knowledge, terrorists do not profit from charitable gaming in kentucky. He plans to use the grant to provide his five investigators with laptop computers and access to a commercially operated law enforcement data base.