|In the face of bribery charges, Wembley, the UK gambling concern which owns Lincoln Park, has offered to open its financial records to the state for inspection, to ensure, as Governor Carcieri said, that 'taxpayers aren't getting shorted.' |
The Governor has said that a state review of audited financial reports would also probe for 'any evidence of the same kind' which brought about the indictment, two weeks ago, of Wembley CEO Nigel Potter and Lincoln Park CEO Daniel Bucci. Both executives have pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to relocate $4.5 million, in 2000 and 2001, to the law firm of then House Speaker John B. Harwood. The objective of the alleged bribery was to gain Speaker Harwood’s backing for allowing more video slots at the park, and for blocking any referendum on a Narragansett Indian casino, which would bring competition to Lincoln Park if it were established.
Wembley officials have also offered to leave their day-to-day business dealings open for monitoring by an independent supervisor, chosen by Governor Carcieri.
The Governor has expressed concern about the future of Lincoln Park, its 890 employees, and $176.7 million the state is expected to generate in tax revenues from Lincoln Park this fiscal year.