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MGM Springfield appears before gaming commission for suitability hearing

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A team of investigators working for the state gaming commission found that MGM Resorts is suitable for a gaming license.

The casino company testified before the state gaming commission for hours in Boston Monday.

The investigators working for the gaming commission did find some concerns after around 10 months of investigating.

Top MGM execs testified for hours fielding questions from the gaming commission ranging from their casino operations in Macau to the relationship the company kept with a former employee convicted of wiretapping.

Even though investigators say they believe the company is financially suitable to build a resort casino, Chairman of the commission, Stephen Crosby says he won't rush to make decisions.

"We will withhold our judgement until we finish this process," Crosby said. 

The top concern among gaming commissioners surrounded a former member of MGM's Board of Directors, Terry Christensen.

Christensen resigned after he was convicted of federal wiretapping and conspiracy charges.

Those charges were not related to MGM.

Internal investigations into MGM showed that even after his conviction he was advising top company officials on sensitive matters.

MGM's Chairman and CEO Jim Murren wouldn't do interviews with reporters but told the gaming commission his company has learned from that mistake and is the top standard of gaming.

The lone Springfield City councilor at the meeting, Tim Rooke, says he believes even through issues like the dealings with Christensen, MGM will walk away with a license.

"I thought that the process has been very open, it has been very transparent and I was not the least bit surprised with the recommendation that conditions be met and that they probably will be found to be suitable to move forward in the city of Springfield," Rooke said. 

The commission is expected to deliberate and make a written determination in the coming days.

"There's a lot of talk to be done, there are a lot of issues to be discussed and we'll see what happens."

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