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Searchlight casino to surrender license after repeated violations

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Steve Marcus

The Searchlight Nugget Casino, right, is shown in Searchlight, Nev. Monday Jan. 20, 2014.

CARSON CITY – Verlie May Doing has agreed to surrender her state gaming license for 50 slot machines at the Searchlight Nugget Casino after regulators found numerous violations in bookkeeping and the handling of the cash.

Doing admitted every charge in a seven count complaint filed by the state Gaming Control Board that alleged she had been repeatedly warned about the mishandling and about improperly recording slot revenue.

In a stipulation released Tuesday, Doing has agreed to give up her license on Dec. 31. But that deadline can be extended by the chairman of the board until June 30, 2015, if Doing is able to find a buyer.

The complaint, drafted by Senior Deputy Attorney General John Michela, said three prior complaints had been filed against Doing, who had agreed to hire a slot route operater to run the gaming operation.

In a Jan. 15 inspection, state agents found that Doing, not a licensed slot machine operator, was doing the drops, fills, counts and other functions on the machines.

Examination of the records of the slot machines' hold percentage did not jive with other files.

“This indicates the slot system is not computing and or reflecting the required information accurately in the slot reports,” said the complaint. There was a $5,156 discrepancy between the casino accountability and the general ledger on Dec. 31 2013, said the complaint.

And there were “numerous inaccuracies" in the bankroll calculations for November and December last year.

Agents also found the door to the accounting room left open, which is another violation.

The board had filed complaints again Doing in August 2009, June 2011 and September 2013, the last requiring her to employ a slot machine operator.

The state Gaming Commission must approve the settlement between the board and Doing.

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