Pledge resistance by Everett property owner could threaten Wynn casino


EVERETT, Mass. ( -- A missing signature could threaten a billion dollar casino project.

Anthony Gattineri, co-owner of the site where Wynn Resorts has proposed to build greater Boston's only casino, has refused to sign the pledge even though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it will not approve a casino without assurances that criminals won't profit from it, according to the Boston Globe.

The document asks if any "secret owners," including convicted felons would profit from any casino deal.

Gattineri refused to sign the statement on the advice of his criminal attorney. He's also refused to testify under oath to commission investigators.

Convicted felon Charles Lightbody, who is currently facing identity theft charges in New York, used to be part of the ownership group.

It's not clear what, if any role, he may still have in the Wynn casino deal. A spokesman for Wynn told the Globe that the company is confident the matter will be resolved.
Wynn Resorts is competing with Mohegan Sun for the lone casino license in the Greater Boston area.

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