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Gaming Commission OKs fine against Searchlight casino on 3-2 vote

Nevada gaming commissioners on Thursday had mixed opinions on how to resolve a 27-count complaint against the Searchlight Nugget casino, which is owned by Verlie May Doing.

The five-person Nevada Gaming Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to accept a $12,000 fine approved by the Gaming Control Board, but commissioners who cast two negative votes wanted a full hearing or a harsher penalty on the Nugget. Complaints were previously filed against the casino in 2009 and 2011 for some of the same violations.

Commissioners John Moran Jr. and Joe Brown voted against the settlement.

Representatives of the Searchlight Nugget, including Doing, said the casino hired a slot machine route operator to handle the gaming operation.

The complaint alleged violations in counting slot machine revenue and in the bookkeeping. A review of the July 2011 report revealed the coin-in amount was almost $2.3 million, but the report on the tax return was $67,924 less.

The casino also added slot machines to the casino floor of the Nugget, but gaming regulators were never informed of the expansion.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

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