Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Was Lightbody in or was he out?

Was Lightbody in or was he out?

Jury must decide whether backdated documents were real or bogus

JURORS IN THE FEDERAL conspiracy trial of three men involved in the sale of the Everett land for a Wynn casino began deliberations Thursday with both prosecutors and defense attorneys in agreement on the core question. “This really is a simple case,” Assistant US Attorney Kristina Barclay said during her closing argument. “Was Charlie Lightbody(...)

Read More »

Brockton casino rejected on 4-1 vote

Brockton casino rejected on 4-1 vote

Cautious commission cedes southeast to Mashpee Wampanoag

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION on Thursday adopted a cautious approach on gambling in southeastern Massachusetts, voting 4-1 to reject a casino license application for the struggling Gateway City of Brockton and ceding the market to the proposed Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino in Taunton. The decision was driven by three concerns. The commissioners feared the financial(...)

Read More »

Brockton fails to ‘wow’ Gaming Commission

Brockton fails to ‘wow’ Gaming Commission

Questions persist over Mashpee Wampanoag casino plan

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION sounded unenthusiastic about gambling in southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, with the chairman lamenting a Brockton casino proposal’s lack of “wow factor” and other commissioners raising concerns about what might or might not materialize at a Native American gambling facility in Taunton. On the second day of hearings in Brockton, commission chairman(...)

Read More »

Attorney says he briefed Wynn lawyer on Lightbody

Attorney says he briefed Wynn lawyer on Lightbody

But Feldman couldn’t recall if he used Lightbody’s name

THE THREE DEFENDANTS in the Wynn Resorts land fraud trial rested their case on Wednesday after calling just one witness and playing an audio tape of the grand jury testimony of a prominent Boston real estate attorney who represented them in a number of transactions. Federal prosecutors allege Dustin DeNunzio of Cambridge, Anthony Gattineri of(...)

Read More »

Commission crunches casino numbers

Commission crunches casino numbers

Consultant: Tax take falls with 2 casinos in SE Mass

A CONSULTING FIRM working for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimated on Tuesday that the state would net less tax revenue overall if the commission approves a commercial casino in Brockton in addition to the tribal casino in Taunton being pursued by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. With just the Taunton casino operating in southeastern Massachusetts, HLT(...)

Read More »

Charlie (bleeping) Lightbody

Charlie (bleeping) Lightbody

Wynn land case revolves around foul-mouthed wise guy

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS are alleging in US District Court in Boston that some of the owners of a piece of land in Everett defrauded Wynn Resorts by concealing the involvement of a convicted felon from Revere named Charles Lightbody. A good chunk of the case hinges on expletive-laden statements made by Lightbody on a series of(...)

Read More »

Tale of the tape in Wynn land case

Tale of the tape in Wynn land case

Prominent real estate attorney will testify without appearing in court

DEFENSE LAWYERS IN THE FEDERAL FRAUD TRIAL of three men accused of concealing the involvement of a convicted felon in the sale of land in Everett to Wynn Resorts plan to open their case with the testimony of the real estate attorney who handled the deal. But that attorney won’t be appearing in person. Instead,(...)

Read More »

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(...)

Read More »

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(...)

Read More »

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(...)

Read More »