Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

What did Wynn Resorts know and when did it know it?

What did Wynn Resorts know and when did it know it?

Witnesses in fraud case contradict each other

THE QUESTION OF WHEN WYNN RESORTS learned of convicted felon Charles Lightbody’s involvement in the casino company’s Everett land deal became harder to answer on Wednesday when witnesses in a federal wire fraud case began to contradict each other. Wynn officials have testified they had no knowledge of Lightbody until July 2013, when investigators from(...)

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Witness: Wynn Resorts was told about Lightbody in 2012

Witness: Wynn Resorts was told about Lightbody in 2012

Contradicts casino firm’s claim that it didn’t know until mid-2013

TWO TOP OFFICIALS AT WYNN RESORTS were told in November 2012  that the owners of the Everett land they were seeking to buy included a man with a “checkered past” named Charles Lightbody, according to a prosecution witness in the federal wire fraud case against Lightbody and two others. The claim by James Flood, a(...)

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Construction cost of Wynn rooms put at $1 million apiece

Construction cost of Wynn rooms put at $1 million apiece

Pricetag much higher than most homes in Mass.

A TOP WYNN RESORTS OFFICIAL said on Friday that the construction cost of each room at the proposed Wynn Boston Harbor hotel will be $1 million, which is more than three times the median price of a single-family home in Massachusetts and more than twice as much as a single-family home in Suffolk County. Kim(...)

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Felon involvement in Wynn land deal called problem

Felon involvement in Wynn land deal called problem

But legal counsel did little to investigate landowners

THE LEGAL COUNSEL OF WYNN RESORTS pushed back on Friday against the notion that buying land for a casino in Everett from a convicted felon would not pose legal problems for the Las Vegas company, but she grudgingly admitted her firm did little on its own to investigate the background of the land owners until(...)

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Wise guys offer their take on Gaming Commission

Wise guys offer their take on Gaming Commission

Defendants in casino land deal raise questions about Wynn, Mintz Levin

CHARLES LIGHTBODY AND DARIN BUFALIONO were grumbling in late 2012 about how wise guys are always discriminated against. Lightbody said it was unfair that people like him, a convicted felon, couldn’t be part of an Everett land deal with Las Vegas casino operator Wynn Resorts. Yeah, said Bufalino, an associate of organized crime who was(...)

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Was Lightbody’s involvement in land deal illegal?

Was Lightbody’s involvement in land deal illegal?

Gaming official says no prohibition on convicts selling land to casino

THE HEAD OF THE INVESTIGATIVE ARM of the state Gaming Commission said she was “extremely concerned” when she learned reputed organized crime members may be part of the group selling land to Wynn Resorts for a casino in Everett. But she conceded there is no section of the gambling law preventing convicted felons from making(...)

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Wynn land case opens with lots of expletives

Wynn land case opens with lots of expletives

Two very different versions of events presented

A STREAM OF SWEAR WORDS cascaded around a federal courtroom in Boston on Tuesday as US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office opened its case against three men accused of concealing the involvement of a convicted felon in a deal to sell land in Everett to Wynn Resorts for a $2 billion hotel-casino project. The profanity was(...)

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Steve Wynn courts the press in Medford

Steve Wynn courts the press in Medford

Plays tour guide, calls Curtatone an irritant, and sounds presidential

STEVE WYNN CAME TO MEDFORD on Tuesday. The 74-year-old Las Vegas casino developer is walking with a cane and his already poor eyesight appears to be getting worse, but he remains as entertaining as ever, offering a detailed, guided tour of a scale model of his newly named Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and casino, dismissing(...)

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Fish calls casino ‘game-changer’ for MA

Fish calls casino ‘game-changer’ for MA

Says delays reinforce image of state as unfriendly to business

JOHN FISH, the developer chosen by Wynn Resorts to build the company’s $1.7 billion Everett casino, said on Wednesday that the ongoing delays in building the facility are reinforcing an image of Boston as an area hostile to business. “At the end of the day, this is a political issue,” Fish said after a press(...)

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Curtatone invites Steve Wynn to call him

Curtatone invites Steve Wynn to call him

Overture comes as Las Vegas firm ratchets up pressure

WYNN RESORTS on Wednesday ratcheted up the pressure on Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone to drop an environmental challenge to the company’s $1.7 billion hotel and casino in Everett, but Curtatone showed no signs of backing down, inviting Steve Wynn himself to call to negotiate a resolution. “You know how to reach me,” Curtatone told a(...)

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