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Fortune Bay casino head under investigation

One of the top officials at Fortune Bay Resort Casino near Tower has resigned and is under federal investigation for credit card misuse, according to a statement from the Bois Forte Tribal Council.

Fortune Bay Resort Casino
One of the top officials at Fortune Bay Resort Casino near Tower has resigned and is under federal investigation for credit card misuse, according to a statement from the Bois Forte Tribal Council. (News Tribune / 2006 file)

One of the top officials at Fortune Bay Resort Casino near Tower has resigned and is under federal investigation for credit card misuse, according to a statement from the Bois Forte Tribal Council.

Allegations of credit card misuse by Gary Gotchnik have been turned over to federal authorities for investigation after the incidents were discovered by employees at Fortune Bay and disclosed to the council.

Gotchnik, of Ely, was listed as chief executive officer of Bois Forte Development Corp., which manages the casino.

According to the statement, the council "took immediate steps to prevent further loss, secure evidence and initiate a comprehensive review of all credit card transactions at Fortune Bay, including those involving Mr. Gotchnik."

Tribal officials said their review found that no other employee or official had engaged in improper transactions.

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Gotchnik was suspended without pay and his gaming license was suspended soon after the allegations surfaced. He then resigned from his post, the statement notes.

Gotchnik, reached at his home in Ely on Thursday, said he had no comment on the situation. He also owns Wilderness Outfitters in Ely.

The Bois Forte Tribal Council, which owns and operates the casino resort on Lake Vermilion, added in its statement that the "integrity of gaming at Fortune Bay was not compromised and at no time was there danger of unsuitable, unfair, or illegal activities in the conduct of gaming."

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