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Controversy is threatening the only Eastern Massachusetts casino proposal to receive clear voter approval, as a federal grand jury and two state agencies investigate whether a businessman with an extensive criminal record has a hidden ownership in the Everett property where Steve Wynn wants to build a $1.3 billion gaming resort, say people with direct knowledge of the investigations.
In response, officials at Wynn Resorts are rewriting the sales agreement for the former industrial land, slashing the price the company will pay if the casino is built to minimize the possibility that any undisclosed partners could benefit from a gambling business.
Federal prosecutors, as well as the state gambling commission and the attorney general, want to know whether Charles A. Lightbody, who has served prison time for assault with a dangerous weapon and pleaded guilty in a massive identity theft ring in New York, is a secret investor who could profit if the casino is approved, according to the people with direct knowledge of the inquiry.