Indian casino faces federal closure order

Oct 8, 2014 11:02 AM by News Staff

COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) - A Central California Native American casino faces a federal shutdown order over missing audits, some of which were due last year.

The National Indian Gaming Commission has informed the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino that it could be closed Oct. 27 if the missing audits are not submitted.

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians - owners of the casino in the Sierra foothills - also faces fines of up to $100,000 per day dating back to April 30. The Fresno Bee reports Wednesday that if those fines are fully assessed, they would equal $16 million.

The NIGC says casino officials have not filed financial statements and audits dating back to 2012.

A lawyer representing a tribal "unification council" says officials are preparing the audit documents to avert a closure.


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