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 of the Indian casino had evidently been ousted to a local company 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 assaulted and handcuffed, but no casino customers were harmed.
The prospective, it seems, were casino papers and accounts which are overdue for submission to the nationwide Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to close the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the necessary audits and reports, some that are eighteen months late, had been perhaps not submitted. It would appear, 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…)