Casino fined $2.26 million for hiring prostitutes
By Paul
Indiana gaming regulators on Monday fined Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.’s Belterra casino $2.26 million for bringing alleged prostitutes to the property during a golf tournament and other possible violations of gaming laws last year.

Pinnacle was also ordered to shut down the Belterra casino from the early evening of Oct. 6 through the morning of Oct. 9.

Under the settlement, Belterra must pay the estimated wagering and admission taxes and the economic development agreement costs it would have made during the three-day closure. The casino will also have to pay employees whatever pay they would have received over the three days.

The settlement concerns events at the Belterra during a golf tournament held by the casino for high rollers from June 26, 2001 to June 29.

In addition to the golfers, eight or more women were flown to the area in an aircraft leased by Pinnacle, according to the settlement agreement.

“According to numerous witnesses, these women were brought to Belterra for the entertainment of the guests of the golf tournament,” the agreement stated.

The settlement says that Belterra's then-Chairman R.D. Hubbard may have violated casino regulations when by making casino employees “provide money to the invitees for gambling and to pay other fees without the necessary paperwork.”

Hubbard, who resigned as Pinnacle chairman in April, also agreed to pay $750,000 in fines and for costs related to the investigation.

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