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Grand Falls Casino Under Investigation

July 25, 2012, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Grand Falls Casino Under Investigation
LARCHWOOD, IA -

The Big and Rich Concert last weekend at the Grand Falls Casino might have landed the Casino into some big trouble.

KELOLAND News has confirmed that the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into allegations that minors were caught drinking and gambling at the casino Friday night and possibly with the band. 

But as we found out this isn't the first time something like this has happened at the casino.

You must be 21 to drink and gamble in Iowa casinos.

State investigators are now looking into whether two underage girls were consuming alcohol and playing the machines last Friday night after the Big and Rich Concert.

"The agents who are assigned to the casino there have been going through video tape surveillance coverage that would encompass the casino and hotel in of itself," acting assistant director with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Patrick Townsend said.

Authorities will also be conducting interviews with employees and security who were on duty that night as part of their investigation to see if members of the Big and Rich band were involved.

"They are part of it just because the two girls were in some sort of fashion working for them that night during the evening, so we are trying to trace back as part of the investigation were they hired, was there a contract with the hiring for that and what capacity were they working or not working with either Big and Rich or the casino," Townsend said.

It's not the first time the Casino has been investigated by the DCI.

Documents obtained by KELOLAND News from the State Gaming Commission show twice this year, the casino was fined $1,000 for allowing minors to gamble and drink. Both incidents happened in March.

In one of the cases, a security officer and bartender were suspended for one day for failing to do their jobs.

As for the most recent investigation, authorities say they aren't ready to hand out any fines or suspensions, but if found to be true the girls could face criminal charges and the casino could face stiff fines.

We tried contacting Grand Falls Casino for a comment, but no one returned our call.

Townsend says he hopes to have more information on the case later this week.

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