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Federal criminal trial over Wynn casino land set to begin

EVERETT,MA. 11/29/2012: An aerial view.... Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. and Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts propose casino site at former Monsanto Chemical Plant. It's on the river, behind (just east of) the Gateway Shopping Plaza. and ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — A federal criminal trial over the land Wynn Resorts wants to develop into a nearly $2 billion casino in Massachusetts is set to begin.

Jury selection is expected Monday in the wire fraud trial of three men accused of trying to hide a convicted felon’s ownership stake in 33 acres of waterfront land in Everett. Massachusetts’ casino law explicitly bars felons from profiting from gambling operations.

Prosecutors allege property owners Dustin DeNunzio, Anthony Gattineri and Charles Lightbody forged property and bank records to make it appear as if Lightbody, a reputed mob associate and felon, was no longer a co-owner.

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Wynn ultimately renegotiated the land sale from $75 million to $35 million after Lightbody’s role was revealed. Company CEO Steve Wynn is among the potential witnesses for the prosecution.

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