Racetrack Operator Makes Explosive Claims Against Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Resorts
A Massachusetts racetrack operator filed a lawsuit against Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts the soon-to-open Encore Boston Harbor casino. The litigation makes explosive claims against the operator, accusing Wynn of extortion and ties to organized crime.
Construction on the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor is nearly complete, but another issue threatens to stop Wynn Resorts from ever opening the property. Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, the operator of Suffolk Downs in Boston, is seeking $3 billion in damages from Wynn – more than the cost of the casino – for what it claims was a corrupt casino licensing process.
The litigation alleges executives of Wynn resorts conspired to rig the application process so they could bypass state laws designed to prevent the “infiltration of mob elements.” Wynn Resorts told the Associated Press the case was frivolous, but Sterling appears to have done its homework.
The filings claim Wynn purchased the land for the casino, a massive toxic waste dump, from a company partially-owned by Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby. Furthermore, it accuses Crosby of acting as a consultant on the project for $100,000 per month.
Sterling was competing against Wynn Resorts for the one casino license available in that region of Massachusetts. The lawsuit alleges Wynn committed extortion to suppress voter turnout, causing the Suffolk Downs proposal to lose local approval.
And if all of that is not enough, the lawsuit attempts to prove the land for the casino was not sufficiently cleaned after Wynn's 18-month ecological restoration project and still contains dangerously high amounts of arsenic.