Offline Casino Fined
By Earl
Elgin's Grand Victoria Casino will pay a $3.2 million fine after admitting “members of its staff broke state rules when they hired an allegedly mob-linked company to install an air filtration system on the riverboat.”

The fine reportedly equals the average three to four day takings at the Grand Victoria, owned partly by the Mandalay Resort Group. The fine was reduced from $7.2 million because the Illinois Gaming Board found that the casino has made “wholesale changes in personnel and internal operations” since the charges against them were made last October. The Board also found that Grand Victoria's corporate management “was not aware” that a company hired to install the air filtration system had alleged links to organized crime, as did three other companies the casino did business with, all of which are owned or run by Joseph Bastone and Jamie Bastone, sons of the late Carmine Bastone. “The three [men] have each been identified as known members and/or associates of organized crime,” Board counsel Jeanette Tamayo said in October.

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