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Resource ID: #14320
Subject: Gambling
Source: Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Date: December 19-21, 1997



The three-day series set out to follow the money trail of the Seminole Tribe's gambling empire. The Seminoles introduced high-stakes gambling to Indian country in 1979. The reporters investigated why the money wasn't trickling down to tribal members. They found that when the Seminole Dept. of Law Enforcement took control of internal security at the Hollywood bingo hall in 1995, they discovered the same people winning over and over again. When police compared the wins recorded on video to those reported by management, they found large discrepancies. In one three-month period, the company overestimated wins by more than $600,000.

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