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Casino commission looks into IPI’s extended payroll delay

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“WE’RE looking into it now,” Commonwealth Casino Commission Chairman Edward Deleon Guerrero said on Thursday regarding Imperial Pacific International’s extended payroll delay.

The commission will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. to discuss the matter further.

“That’s on the agenda, for [IPI] to update the commission on the status of [the payroll delay],” Deleon Guerrero said.

He added that there are five different enforcement actions.

“The enforcement action basically means that the commission has filed a complaint against IPI for alleged violations of the casino license agreement, the casino regulations and  commission orders,” he said.

One of these orders requires IPI to put up a payroll reserve, “which they have not done,” Deleon Guerrero said.

“That’s an issue that would be discussed next Tuesday. I personally cannot comment on that because I’m sitting on the tribunal as the hearing officer,” he added.

“If [IPI] does not comply, it could result in the suspension of [its] license, and if they do not comply with whatever the requirements of that suspension [are], [then] it may result in the revocation of that license. So again, this is a matter that’s coming before the commission,” he reiterated.

Deleon Guerrero said the commission may conduct an administrative hearing around early December or January next year.

“It’s best under these circumstances that we don’t really give public comments…because whatever decision we make, IPI still has the prerogative, under due process, to file an appeal in Superior Court, so we don’t want to say anything that might prejudice the case.”

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