Co-owner of proposed Everett casino site refuses to sign pledge that no secret partners are involved in land deal

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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 will not profit from it. Gattineri and his partners have already come under heavy criticism for misleading commission investigators about the role of felon Charles A. Lightbody in the Everett land deal. Gattineri’s refusal to sign the pledge is fueling suspicion among the project’s critics that Lightbody could still be secretly involved, despite efforts to squeeze him out.

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