Depositions Continue in Gattineri v Wynn $40 million handshake deal

By Josh Resnek

Depositions are being taken in the Anthony Gattineri v Wynn Resorts federal case in which Gattinari, one of the original casino land owners, is seeking to be compensated for a handshake deal he apparently concluded with former Encore president Robert DeSalvio.

The depositions, some taken last week and continuing feature a full array of key figures in the casino land deal.

Steve Tocco (ML Strategies), former president of Encore Boston Harbor casino Robert DeSalvio, former Wynn Resorts general counsel Kim Sinatra and Republican Presidential candidate Bill Weld are all expected to give depositions.

Tocco, it has been reported by a source, is giving his deposition earlier this week in a law office somewhere in downtown Boston.

Wynn got a steal on the land in Everett in 2013 when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission handed Wynn a $40 million discount on the Everett parcel as a result of believing that the sellers of the land (FBT Everett Realty) had some ties to organized crime.

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Depositions on Wynn land lawsuits taking Place

By Josh Resnek

Depositions are being taken this week in Boston and Wellesley from a handful of the high powered attorneys and principals who played a role in the sale of the 33 acres of polluted land where the Encore Boston Harbor stands today,” according to sources familiar with the private legal proceedings.

Being deposed are former Governor and Mintz Levin Attorney William Weld, Steven Tocco, of Mintz Levin, Attorney James Popeo, the founder and president of Mintz Levin, Dustin DeNunzio of FBT and former Wynn corporate counsel, Kim Marie Sinatra.

The depositions are being sought by Anthony Gattinari, one of the land principals fighting to restore his name after it was muddied by his association with FBT Real Estate, the owners of the land who conveyed it to Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts.

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Exelon tax fight with city makes it to Superior Court

By Josh Resnek

Arguments were supposed to be heard Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court between the City of Everett and Exelon, the owners of the power station on the Everett shoreline of the Mystic River across from the casino. However, by mutual agreement, the hearing was postponed until a date to be set for December, according to Exelon officials.

At contention is whether or not the city can assess the property for a much higher value and collect much greater tax payments than the $15 million a year that has been paid for the past 20 years.

The city is using an ex post facto type defense claiming Exelon artificially estimated the true value of the land and structures when the TIF was voted on 20 years ago.

The mayor has indicated he believes the TIF, which he voted for when he was councilor, gave Exelon all the advantages and robbed the city of what it is truly due.

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Mayor Reporting on Friends to FBI and US Attorney?

By Josh Resnek

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Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria

Mayor Carlo DeMaria apparently agreed to provide information to the FBI and the US Attorney’s office regarding investigations into his actions and those of others allegedly involved with him in backing the now disgraced Steve Wynn in his effort to secure the land in Everett for a casino and hotel, the Leader Herald has learned.

He signed a proffer, otherwise known as a “queen for a day” letter which is a written agreement between federal prosecutors and individuals under criminal investigation which permit these individuals to tell the government about their knowledge of crimes, according to Solomon Wisenberg of the nationally recognized law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.

If you enter into one of these agreements, you will proffer information orally in a proffer or queen for a day “session” attended by you, your attorney, the Assistant U.S. Attorney (“AUSA”) and one or more federal agents. A proffer session is a sneak preview in which you show the federal authorities what you can bring to the table if they cut a deal with you, according to Wisenberg.

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Kickback Carlo?

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(Photo by Joseph Prezioso) The view of Encore Boston Harbor from as seen from Sweetser Circle.

Mayor Paid to Support Hidden Deal for Wynn Casino License?

By Josh Resnek

No need to wonder why the mayor has been paying criminal attorneys $10,000 a month for quite some time.

New allegations filed by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse in Federal District Court in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to show the gaming license won by Wynn Resorts was stolen from them implicate Mayor Carlo DeMaria in receiving kickbacks as part of his participation in the land sale and the hidden deals with land developers that tainted the Wynn Casino application.

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