State plans to audit tribes’ casino operations

State plans to audit tribes
State plans to audit tribes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tribes in a dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt over gaming compacts are being notified that the state will resume auditing their casino operations.

In a Wednesday letter to the state’s largest gaming tribe, the state said that it “is preparing to conduct an investigation of revenue of the Chickasaw Nation’s Class III gaming activity. The objective of the investigation is to determine if the state has received all fees owed from the conduct of covered games,” pursuant to the state’s tribal gaming compact.

The state’s audit team is expected to arrive Jan. 2 at the Chickasaw Nation Gaming Commission in Norman, according to the letter signed by Brandy Manek, director of budget, policy and gaming compliance for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

“The State is resuming audits of all casino operations in Oklahoma, a right provided in the gaming compacts,” Stitt spokeswoman Donelle Harder said in a prepared statement. “As stated in the letters to tribes, the scope of work will be for business activity between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. This reflects a period of time when the State had stopped conducting audits on casinos.”

The letter was sent the day that the governor said he would ask tribes to accept an Aug. 31 extension to their current gaming compacts, an offer they formally refused on Thursday.

Stitt believes they expire Jan. 1 and is seeking higher rates from the tribes for gaming exclusivity fees. He also believes without a new agreement, Class III tribal gaming […]

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