HINSDALE, N.H. -- The man attempting to open an off-track betting parlor on Brattleboro Road found out Thursday he was denied a gambling license by the New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission.
William Faucher has for at least a year-and-a-half been working to establish an OTB and was hoping to open the doors this month, only to be turned down for a license due to an error in filing his federal income taxes. He told the Reformer he heard the news from his attorney, Michael McLaughlin of Concord.
An OTB is a facility that allows customers to bet on horse and greyhound races broadcast on televisions.
Faucher said he learned he had incorrectly filed his federal income taxes by filling out a 1099-MISC instead of a 1099-R. He said it is frustrating because the issue has nothing to do with the OTB he wants to open.
"It's awfully discouraging," he told the Reformer. "It makes me sick because I feel like I've always done things right and then this happens."
But all hope is not lost. Faucher said he will attempt to resolve the problem and try again.
"We'll do the best we can," he said, adding that everything else regarding the OTB is good to go. The Hinsdale Planning Board approved the construction of the one-story, 40-by-70-foot facility at its meeting on June 18, 2013.
The New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission was closed when the Reformer attempted to call for a comment on Thursday.
This isn't the first obstacle Faucher has faced, as the project hit a roadblock in December 2012, when Keene-based attorney Michael Bentley mentioned during a Planning Board meeting that gambling or waging is prohibited on the land Faucher had originally purchased for the OTB. Bentley represents Hinsdale Real Estate Development, LLC, which owns the former racetrack property and hopes to redevelop it in the future. The Hinsdale Greyhound Race Track closed in 2008 and was torn down in early December 2013. Faucher was unable to reach an agreement with Hinsdale Real Estate Development and had to find a different location for his business. The current site is located at 482 Brattleboro Road, near Thicket Hill Mobile Home Park.
Faucher has previously told the Reformer the facility has a capacity of about 75 people and he plans to employ roughly 12 people. He said there will be attendants to help customers at four of the business' five betting machines, while the fifth one will be handled by guests in the same fashion as a self-checkout register at a supermarket.
Faucher said he has 40 years of experience in the racing business, as a race official and a former harness racer with about 1,500 under his belt. He said his most recent venture was a trucking business, though he once managed Bay State Raceway in Foxboro, Mass.
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