- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) - While gambling industry officials asked Delaware lawmakers for financial help, a company controlled by Delaware Park owner Bill Rickman owed more than $5,000 in delinquent business taxes.

According to a list of delinquent taxpayers compiled by the Delaware Division of Revenue, Rickman Management LLC owed the state $5,057 in back taxes, penalties and interest as of last month.

Court records show that officials won a judgment against the company in July 2013 for unpaid withholding taxes dating to 2009, but officials apparently have been unable to collect.

Rickman did not immediately return a telephone message left with his Rockville, Maryland-based company Wednesday.

On Thursday, a communications company representing Delaware Park issued a statement saying Rickman Management had no record of any tax liability and has always paid its taxes on time, and that financial records for the period in question will be reviewed. The statement said Rickman Management first became aware of the issue Wednesday, and that the alleged outstanding amount was paid immediately online with a credit card.

“We are actively researching the issue but in the interim, have paid the balance as a safeguard,” Rickman was quoted as saying. “If we find this charge has been made in error, then we will seek a refund from the state.”

While Rickman’s company said it was unaware of the tax liability, state officials say a person or business is not included in its published lists of delinquent taxpayers until repeated collection efforts are made and a court judgment is obtained.

Rickman told members of Delaware’s gambling study commission earlier this month that he hopes they consider reducing the state’s share of table game revenue as a way of providing financial relief for Delaware’s three casinos.

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