Wynn Boston Casino Faces New Snag: Land Ties to a Mobster
While Massachusetts is still reviewing Wynn Resorts to determine whether to revoke their casino license for concealing Steve Wynn's sexual misconduct, the project hit a new scandalous snag. It has come to light that the land where the casino is being built has ties to a mobster.
Few casinos if any have faced as much controversy before ever opening their doors as the Wynn Boston Harbor. Casino operators and regulators go to great pains to avoid connections to any form of illegal activity – such is the nature of legalized gambling.
That Wynn the company may have buried Wynn the former CEO's sexual misconduct is enough to put the company's right to operate their new $2.5 billion Massachusetts property in jeopardy. Now, further information about the purchase of the land for the casino reveals Wynn executives where aware of the seller's tainted past.
Two convicted felons previously owned the land, this much is fact, and one of them has alleged ties to the mob. State regulators found no foul play when Wynn purchased the property five years ago, but recent court testimony tells a different story.
The land deal was a factor in two pending civil cases against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that claim the bidding process for a state casino license was rigged in Wynn's favor.
In 2014, the land sellers were indicted on federal charges alleging they hid criminal ownership from Wynn Resorts and the Gaming Commission. They were found not guilty two years later. Wynn Resorts is reportedly in talks to sell the yet unfinished Boston Harbor casino.