Missouri Gaming Commission Looking into Pinnacle CEO’s strong-arm incident

Casino Watch reported the extraordinary story of Pinnacle’s CEO Daniel Lee, who used some questionable methods to try to influence a recent rezoning vote that could have implications for the President Casino.  Now The St Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the Missouri Gaming Commission is launching an investigation into the act:

Investigators are looking into the behavior of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.’s CEO during a zoning vote by the St. Louis County Council this week on a casino complex being developed by another company.

Gaming Commission Executive Director Gene McNary said Friday that the inquiry is being conducted by members of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who perform investigations for the commission.

A spokeswoman for Las Vegas-based Pinnacle, Pauline Yoshihashi, said the company will fully cooperate with any investigation.

The Post explains that the investigation was encouraged by State Senator Tim Green:

State Sen. Tim Green, D-St. Louis, said Friday that he had written to the Gaming Commission asking for further scrutiny. The commission told him it had already started making inquiries.

“I think it’s very serious when a CEO with two gaming licenses threatens an elected official,” particularly during a meeting, Green said. “It’s just wrong.”

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