The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California remains closed following an armed standoff and may have violated its compact with all the state.
The Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold, California, simply 40 miles north of Fresno, has been closed by order of a federal judge after a strange management power struggle that culminated in an armed invasion of the building.
A faction that is tribal claims rightful ownership associated with the Indian casino had evidently been ousted to a local company park in August following a disputed election, but returned on Thursday, with guns drawn.
About 20 armed guys entered the casino at around 6:30 pm, sending customers running for cover, and ordered security guards at gunpoint into an area that is secure of building. Guards were reportedly assaulted and handcuffed, but no casino clients were harmed.
The goal, it seems, were casino papers and accounts which are overdue for submission to the National Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to shut the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the necessary audits and reports, some which are eighteen months late, had been not submitted. It appears to be, then, that the ousted faction violently stormed the casino in order to do its accounts.
Madera County Sheriff deputies soon arrived at the scene and evacuated the building of some 500 people; however, the men could not be arre Leer más