HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Operators of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem are being fined $56,000 by the the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The fine involved four incidents in which underage individuals gained access to the gaming floor.

The incidents occurred between February and June of this year:

• February 7:  An 18-year-old female gained access to the gaming floor then gambled at both slot machines and table games;

• February 17: A 20-year-old male gained access to the gaming floor then gambled at both slot machines and table games;

• March 17: A 19-year-old male gained access to the gaming floor then gambled on slot machines and at table games, and consumed alcohol;

• June 3: A 17-year-old female gained access to the gaming floor then gambled at table games.

The fine was the result of consent agreements between the PGCB's Office of Enforcement Counsel and Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, the casino's operator.  It was approved by the board Wednesday at its public meeting in Harrisburg.

The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act provides that it is unlawful for persons under 21 years of age to wager, play or attempt to play slot machines or table games, as well as enter and remain in any area of a licensed facility where slot machines are operated or the play of table games is conducted.