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Oklahoma Vice: Casino parking lot at center of gaming scheme up for sale

Land that includes a parking lot next to Lucky Star Casino in Clinton once at the center of a federal gaming investigation is now up for sale for $450,000. 

The National Indian Gaming Commission investigated and reported earlier this year that the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes' casino paid more than $1.2 million over 18 months to lease the two-acre parking lot adjacent to the Lucky Star Casino — claiming the deal was about 10 times the fair market value of the land.

The tribes entered into a settlement agreement with the NIGC over the land deal, which the federal gaming regulator deemed improper. 

The listing says the area is prime for development and  zoned for commercial or industrial use. 

"Easy on/off access from I-40 with high traffic volume," the listing say.  "Public utilities Endless possibilities including hotel facility, quick shop, travel plaza, restaurant or special purpose."

Tom Fox, the owner of the land, put up concrete blocks to keep casino patrons from using the parking lot after the tribes stopped paying him to lease the the property.  

The real estate listing was first reported on the independently operated Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal  Council Facebook page. The managers of the Facebook page have been critical of tribal government's handling of the situation. 

"Some tribal members have expressed the opinion that we should go ahead and buy this property but we are prohibited from doing so by the terms of the settlement with NIGC. What the tribes should do is sue Tom Fox for the excessive amounts paid and also to gain ownership of at least the two acres we used to utilize for parking," Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Council said in its Facebook post. 

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›