Companies once involved in the management of a gaming facility owned by the Quapaw Tribe have been fined $10 million because the companies failed to obtain a management contract with the tribe.
Marcus E. Dunn, the owner of the companies, was fined an additional $50,000. Dunn has also agreed to a lifetime ban from any involvement in the Indian gaming industry.
The fines and lifetime ban are part of a settlement agreement negotiated between the National Indian Gaming Commission, Dunn and three companies owned by Dunn.
“The NIGC hopes that this settlement agreement sends a strong message to individual contratcors and management companies in the Indian gaming industry - if you manage an Indian casino without an approved management contract, you will face serious civil fines and other repercussions,” said Phillip N. Hogan, chairman of the NIGC in a prepared statement released Thursday.
Dunn owned companies that managed the Quapaw Tribe's casino on Oklahoma Highway 69A just east of Commerce from January 2001 to April of 2006 when the tribe terminated its relationship with Dunn and his companies as part of a stipulated notice of violation. As part of the settlement agreement between the tribe and the Indian gaming commission, the tribe agreed to pay a $50,000 fine.