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December 27, 2012

More men indicted in illegal-gaming case

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AKWESASNE —

A federal search warrant was executed at the casino Dec. 18 with the assistance of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Enforcement Operations, the U.S. Border Patrol and St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

‘UNPAID ELECTRIC BILLS’

At the same time, the State Police acted on a search warrant concerning an unpaid bill for electrical service at the casino. National Grid says it is owed more than $200,000 for its power service over the past two years.

“Unauthorized and unregulated casinos in Indian country detract from legitimate gambling operations whose proceeds are meant to help sustain Native American communities so they can develop programs and provide services that further public safety, public health and self-determination,” Hartunian said.

“Illegal gambling can bring in unseen and undesirable elements who pursue profit for themselves, not for the children, the elders or the community.”

Email Denise A. Raymo: draymo@pressrepublican.com

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