The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California remains shut following an armed standoff and may have violated its compact using the state.
The Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold, California, simply 40 miles north of Fresno, has been closed by order of a federal judge after a bizarre management power struggle that culminated in an armed invasion of the building.
A faction that is tribal claims rightful ownership for the Indian casino had apparently been ousted to a local company park in August adhering to a disputed election, but returned on Thursday, with firearms drawn.
About 20 armed guys entered 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 clients had been harmed.
The target, it seems, were casino papers and accounts that are overdue for submission to the National 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 records, some which are 1 . 5 years late, had been perhaps not submitted. It appears to be, then, that the ousted faction violently stormed the casino in order to do its accounts.
Madera County Sheriff deputies soon attained the scene and evacuated the building of some 500 people; however, the men could not be arre