The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California remains shut following a standoff that is armed may have violated its compact utilizing the state.
The Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold, California, just 40 miles north of Fresno, has been closed by order of a federal judge following a bizarre management power struggle that culminated in an armed invasion of the building.
A faction that is tribal claims rightful ownership for the Indian casino had apparently been ousted to a local business park in August carrying out a disputed election, but returned on Thursday, with guns drawn.
About 20 armed guys joined 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 handcuffed and assaulted, but no casino clients had been hurt.
The mark, it seems, were casino documents and accounts which can be overdue for submission to the nationwide Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to shut the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the necessary audits and accounts, some which are 18 months late, had been perhaps not submitted. It would seem, 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 (more…)