One of the owners of land in Everett where Steve Wynn wants to build a casino is refusing to sign a promise that no secret owners would profit from the sale, raising questions about whether a convicted felon is still involved and potentially imperiling the entire $1.3 billion project.
Anthony Gattineri, co-owner of the former industrial land where Wynn proposed to build the Boston-area’s only casino, has declined to sign the pledge, even though Massachusetts Gaming Commission officials say they will not approve an Everett casino without assurances that criminals won’t profit from it.
“He’s not signing under the advice of his criminal counsel,” said Daniel W. Doherty, who represents Gattineri in business matters. The criminal attorney declined to comment further. Gattineri has also declined to testify under oath to Gaming Commission investigators.
Gattineri and his partners in FBT Everett Realty have already come under heavy criticism for misleading commission investigators about the role of Charles A. Lightbody, who has a four-page Massachusetts rap sheet, in the Everett land deal. One partner in FBT, Dustin DeNunzio, has admitted backdating documents to make it appear that Lightbody left the partnership before Wynn offered to buy the land in late 2012.
The ownership of the casino site is under state and federal investigation.
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