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April 19, 2014

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NLV casino agrees to fine over Control Board complaint

A complaint has been filed by the state Gaming Control Board against the Lucky Club casino in North Las Vegas that it allowed an unregistered employee to work unlawfully in gaming activities for nearly a year.

The club has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and has corrected the violation.

The board in August 2011 objected to Kristen Heiselmann being registered to work in the gaming business. But a year later, board agents found that Heiselmann was still working in gaming activities.

The board, in a complaint drafted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Michael Somps, said this was an “unsuitable method of operation.”

The settlement said the management of the club thought that by removing Heiselmann from customers’ management system, it was complying with the order of the board.

It believed it was in compliance with the board’s 2011 order. The settlement said the owners and senior management were unaware of false and misleading statements made by another employee to the board.

Heiselmann has been transferred to nongaming work at the club.

The settlement must be accepted by the state Gaming Commission.

In another case, the board said Lonny J. Campos agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for an infraction committed at his Bikini Bar, which has a restricted slot machine license in Las Vegas.

The complaint said Campos agreed to sell the business for $150,000 to 600 Club LLC owned by Paul Wilkes and Joseph Adasen. Before getting approval of the state, Campos accepted two payments of $50,000 and failed to follow regulations that this money should have been placed in escrow until the deal was cleared by the state.

The buyers operated the club since July 2012 but the revenue from the slot machines has been going to Campos until March 2013.

Besides the fine, Campos has agreed to surrender his state gaming license.

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  1. As a former gaming agent, I am concerned about the representations that management thought they were complying with the order. Well duh. That's not good enough. You have to not only comply with the order but comply with ALL the gaming laws and regulations. Get a few NEW KEY EMPLOYEES or let's shut this operation down. There are plenty of competent people looking for work. Hire an experienced auditor, accountant, investigator and beef up internal controls. Sure you want to entice players with perks but you don't get to run rough shod in any manner you like.