Steve Wynn, the loquacious Las Vegas casino magnate who plans to open a $2 billion casino near Boston, could take the stand in a federal case against the former owners of the property he bought in Everett.
Wynn is listed as a potential government witness in a court filing submitted Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
The case targets three of the former property owners, Charles Lightbody, Dustin DeNunzio, and Anthony Gattineri, on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. They were indicted in October 2014, less than a month after Wynn was awarded the only Boston-area casino license.
The government alleges the trio had falsely claimed Lightbody — a convicted felon — sold his stake in the property and hid his involvement from Wynn and others during the dealings, out of fear that his involvement would have hurt the ownership group’s negotiating position with Wynn. If so, the defendants weren’t exactly wrong: Nearly a year before the indictment, questions about Lightbody’s involvement raised by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission led to a 50 percent discount on the land for Wynn.
The Wynn Boston Harbor casino project is currently held up due to a dispute with the city of Somerville. It had been scheduled to break ground this spring. Wynn, blessed with the gift of gab, said last month that he expects it will open within 28 to 30 months of the end of the Somerville “irritation.”
The witness list was first reported by The Boston Globe.