The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California remains shut following a standoff that is armed may have violated its compact with the state.
The Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold, California, just 40 miles north of Fresno, has been closed by purchase 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 regarding the Indian casino had evidently been ousted to a local business park in August carrying out a disputed election, but returned on Thursday, with guns drawn.
About 20 armed men entered the casino at around 6:30 pm, sending customers running for cover, and ordered security guards at gunpoint into a secure section of the building. Guards were reportedly assaulted and handcuffed, but no casino clients had been harmed.
The target, it seems, were casino papers and accounts being 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 audits that is necessary accounts, some which are eighteen months late, were maybe not submitted. It would appear, then, that the ousted faction violently stormed the casino so that you can do its accounts.
Madera County Sheriff deputies soon reached the scene and evacuated the building of some 500 people; however, the men could not be a (більше…)