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South Texas Community News, Vol. 3, No. 13, August 2, 1979 - File 017. 1979-08-02. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 19, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2531/show/2530.

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Title South Texas Community News, Vol. 3, No. 13, August 2, 1979
Publisher Gay Community News
Date August 2, 1979
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • San Antonio, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript Page J 6 Community News Las Vegas under mob charges hJMIJji& 111 I THE BEACH 8oy$ THI ALADDIN HOTEL LOST ITS GAMING UCENSE •.. ordered to seek new owners Major hotel loses license LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — FBI documents alleging that mobsters are behind the scene In some of Nevada's famous casinos are reverberating through this town, making gambling figures as nervous as a blackjack Slayer down to his last ouar. Since the documents were mads public, state officials have revoked the taming Ucense of a major trip resort hotel and' scheduled Ucense revocation bearings for two other hotels. They are expected to act against at least one other hotel-casino. In addition, officials have recommended placing the names of four men in the state's infamous "Black Book," a hat of persons prohibited from entering any gaming establishment AH the actions stem from the alleged ties of the hotels — or the persons who run them — wtth persons purported to be organized crime figures In Detroit, Chicago and Kansas City. The allegations are contained In a 1,088-page FBI affidavit that was unsealed June IS in Kansas City. It has information collected by federal investigators — using wiretaps, other electronic eavesdropping equipment, and informants — as part of a wide-ranging investigation by the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force into alleged mob Infiltration of the gambling Industry. The affidavit also revealed that some of the reputed mobsters felt they had control over at least one top nevaoa official. Barry Reid, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, has said federal authorities felt he was the "Mr. Clean" referred to In wiretapped conversations. But Reid has denied any connection to organized crime. Hotel executives here and state officials long have feared that federal intervention would result unless they showed they could adequately police the industry. Ana they've claimed tbe industry has been relatively free of moo control since tbe 1940s and 1950s when Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and other mobsters ran major casinos. Strict controls, . including more stringent accounting, were instituted in tbe late 1950s and 1960s, a move that helped reduce underworld influence. A policy change, allowing publicly traded corporations to take over hotel-casinos, also helped. Tbe allegations came as a surprise to many here, but not to afl. Richard Bunker, appointed hi January as one of tbe time members of the Gaming Control Board, the Gaming Commission's investigative and enforcement arm, said it was no shock to him. " "Tve lived here all my life," he said. "I'm not naive. It's not a question of being aware, it's a question of the lingering suspicion all tbe time." Bunker and other gaming control officials claim the FBI was able to get the evidence because ft has much powers to use electronic eavesdropping than do state gaming authorities. "That's tbe only way they were able to get that kind of information," Bunker said. Earlier thjs month, the Gaming Commission revoked the gaming bcenses of the Aladdin Hotel and its two top officers following the conviction in Detroit of the hotel corporation on charges that tbe hotel was illegally controlled by reputed mob figures there. The casino operation has remained open under a state administrator who took over in an agreement worked out between gaining officials and the club's owners. The state has ordered the hotel be sold. A proposed buyer for tbe Aladdin, HMA Inc., withdrew a $135 million offer Thursday, saying its directors had decided not to branch out into tbe gaming business. HMA operates several insurance companies from its Denver headquarters. Tbe Kansas City affidavit alleges that Joe Agosto, the fbrmer producer of the "Folies Bergere" show at the Ttopicana Hotel, was the purported overseer at the club for reputed Kansas City organized crime. figures. Agosto has denied this accusation. Gaming officials have hinted they will act against the Ttopicana in Jury after a law takes effect allowing a state- appointed supervisor to run a hotel ' until allegations against it are cleared up. Black book The board also . recommended that Agosto be placed in the Black Book, along with Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, former entertainment director at Argent Corn's Stardust Hotel; Carl Thomas, a long-time Las Vegas casino operator; and Carl DeLuna, who according to the FBI affidavit is tbe No. 2 man In the Kansas City organized :, crime hierarchy. Tbe FBI affidavit included a transcript of a bugged conversation between Thomas and others in which he allegedly explains bow cash can be "skimmed" from a casino before ft is reported for tax purposes. Thomas alleged scheme involved key persons in the coimting room, the falsification of records, and blocking television cameras used to watch internal casino operations by standing in. front of them. San Argent, controlled by in Diego financier Allen R. Gbck, operates the Stardust and the Fremont Hotel. The Gaming Commission has set July 20 for a bearing on a Control Board recommendation that gaming licenses for Gbck and his corporation be revoked. Another FBI affidavit alleges that Gbck is just a figurehead controlled by . reputed organized crime figures in Chicago and that Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro oversees operation of the club for the mob. Spilotro, whom the federal government has named as an organized crime figure, recently was put in the Black Book. Despite the pubbcity, Bunker and Gov. Bob List both said they felt •• Nevada's gaming image was untarnished by the allegations List said be beheved the pubbc would wait and see what action the state takes taken before making judgments He said the state "has the ability to deal with these challenges" Bunker said he felt that "any time you move to clean up your house, your business, your state, I think it helps. "It shows we're big enough to realize that problems do exist, and at ' the same time shows we're tag enough to do something about them, which werre doing."
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