Fallout From Encore Land Deal Earns Wynn Resorts Victory in Federal Court

JANUARY 16: Encore Boston Harbor is reflected in the Mystic River. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Gattineri to Appeal Failed $19 Million Lawsuit

By Josh Resnek

A promise and a handshake by a high ranking Wynn Resorts official with one of the casino land owners was not enough to allow the landowner’s Federal lawsuit to prevail.

Anthony Gattineri’s contract dispute arising out of the sale of the Everett land for the construction of the Encore casino and hotel sought to have Wynn Resorts pay him what he believed was due from the sale.

He wanted $19 million he believed he was owed after the price for the land was dropped dramatically by agreement between the Gaming Commission, officials from Wynn Resorts, and even his own partners in the real estate deal.

Gattineri’s fight to regain money he believes was his and to fully exonerate himself after being prosecuted for crimes related to the land sale, (he was found innocent in Federal District Court by a jury), is another barrier in then long road to ultimate justice for the Winchester businessman and entrepreneur.

“I am appealing this ruling. I am not giving up until I get what I am owed,” Gattineri told the Leader Herald.

Gattineri’s claim arose from a meeting he had with a former Wynn Resorts executive Rob DeSalvio, one of the key players in the Everett Encore project.

Gattineri claimed DeSalvio promised to make Gattineri “whole,” according to the 25 page ruling issued by F. Dennis Saylor IV, the Chief Judge, United States District Court in Massachusetts.

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Former casino exec guilty in Varsity Blues trial

Abdelaziz now faces years in prison in college admission scandal

By JOSH RESNEK

A federal jury deliberated for less than 24 hours before finding former casino executive and Wynn Resorts official

Gamal Abdelaziz guilty of participating in a bribery scheme to have his daughter admitted to a fine school for which she was not qualified.

He chose to stand trial instead of pleading.

It turns out to be a costly decision.

He now faces as much as three years in prison.

Abdelaziz, 64, was accused of paying $300,000 in 2018 to have his daughter admitted to U.S.C. as a top-ranked basketball recruit even though she did not make the varsity team in high school.

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State sues local companies for asbestos violations

A.G. says public health at risk with unsafe worksites

An Everett construction company and its president have been sued over claims of illegal work on asbestos water mains in Everett and Braintree, along with the Boston and Revere companies that transported the asbestos waste and illegally stored it at their Revere facility, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

“We allege that these defendants put the health of the public and their workers at risk by conducting illegal and unsafe asbestos work in the middle of city streets, including in environmental justice communities that already bear disproportionate environmental risks,” said Healey. “We will hold accountable people and companies who violate the laws intended to protect the public from this dangerous material.”

The AG’s lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court Monday, alleges that GTA Co., Inc. and its president, Gregory T. Antonelli, violated the state’s Clean Air Act when they removed and demolished asbestos-containing municipal water pipes without complying with required asbestos work practices as part of the water main replacement projects the City of Everett and the Town of Braintree hired them to complete.

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Wynn wins

JUNE 24: The Encore Boston Harbor. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Court rules in favor of casino over price paid for Monsanto land

By JOSH RESNEK

The Wynn Corporation has succeeded in putting to rest the last lawsuit against its presence on the former Monsanto site.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ruled that FBT, the owners of the land who conveyed it to Wynn Corporation, will not receive another dime for the property.

FBT had been seeking an additional $40 million over the $35 million sale price believing it was owed that money.

The Massachusetts Gam- ing Commission cut the land price to Wynn after FBT had been shown to have a convicted felon as one of its original owners.

Judge Kenneth Salinger ordered in a 12-page decision released June 16 that a final judgment be entered dismiss- ing the claims of FBT Everett Realty, LLC against the MGC with prejudice, and also dismissed the third-party claims by the MGC against Wynn MA, LLC, with prejudice.

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City pays harassment victim $250K

Former Wellness Center employee had suffered abuse, bullying

By JOSH RESNEK

The City of Everett or its insurer has allegedly paid a victim of sexual harassment and bullying at the Wellness Center $250,000, according to a variety of sources, all of whom wished to remain unnamed.

The city has not indicated that its lawyers or outside counsel have negotiated such a settlement.

The mayor refused to comment on the situation.

“This matter should be reviewed in its entirety and, if it did in fact occur, anyone involved with this disturbing conduct should be held fully accountable. We, as a community, have an obligation to provide a respectful and safe environment for employees residents, and the general public,” mayoral candidate councilor Fred Capone told the Leader Herald.

For all intents and purposes, the city has hushed up the settlement this, despite the promise made to mayoral candidate and city councilor at large Gerly Adrien.

Adrien got the city solicitor’s office to agree to publish all settlements and actions against the city and their outcome several months ago.

No such mention of the settlement has been forthcoming from the city solicitor’s office or the mayor.

The victim has likely been ordered not to comment on the settlement.

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