Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

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(...)

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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(...)

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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(...)

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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(...)

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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,(...)

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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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