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Kenosha Casino Corruption, 1985-2006

The following timeline is based on a timeline originally published on the Oneida Eye website. I have expanded it to include other news sources and court cases. A great deal more is available in the state historical archives, and the Wisconsin Gaming Board may still have investigative files. At this time (September 2018) I am not actively researching this topic, but may return to it in the future.

April 15, 1985: Dennis Troha’s business partner, Joseph Madrigrano Jr, prepares legal documents for his father, selling a one-story commercial property to Chicago Outfit associate Nicholas Ciaccio and Judge David Shields. Shields would later (1991) be found to be corrupt, having “fixed” cases in his court.

June 29, 1987: The Chicago Sun-Times runs a front page story linking Morgan Murphy with Chicago Outfit associate John Serpico. The pair co-owned a venture to purchase a building on Chicago’s near west side and develop it as a film studio. The following day, the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial linking Murphy and Serpico, explaining how they had both defaulted on government loans.

August 15, 1987: The Chicago Sun-Times again focuses on Murphy and Serpico, and their bad loans.

Under the 1988 federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, Indian tribes can purchase land off their reservations and have it placed in federal trust–creating, in effect, a mini-reservation. They then can build casinos–even in states where they are banned–on the strength of their constitutionally recognized sovereign immunity, provided they enter into “compacts” with the state governments.

At some point in early 1988, Ed Hales met with Jim Klauser and lobbyist Bill Gerrard on Klauser’s boat. Shortly thereaftr, Hales was appointed to the Wisconsin Racing Board (WRB).

On July 7, 1988, the WRB meets for the first time. Hales did not attend the first meeting.

July 26, 1988: Jupiter Transportation hires Bill Gerrard as a consultant for $1,500 per month. Dennis Troha is Gerrard’s contact person at Jupiter. Troha is also a member of Kenosha Gateway, which was in the process of applying for a license from the WRB.

September 28, 1988: Ed Hales receives a $15,000 check from Gerrard Realty. Later on, it is established that the $15,000 was supplied by other sources — not Gerrard — including Kenosha Gateway.

January 10, 1989: Kenosha gateway makes a formal application to the WRB. Members of Kenosha Gateway include Dennis Troha, Joseph Madrigrano Jr, and Alfred Ross. A few months prior, Ross had been rejected from operating a race track in Texas because he was business partners with his uncle, Joseph M. Linsey, who had been convicted of bootlegging and had ties to the New England Mafia.

January 27, 1989: Bill Gerrard goes to Steven Mills’ office and says that Ed Hales will approve the Kenosha Gateway application in exchange for $50,000. Hales does not want cash, but instead want a no-show position with the company.

January 31, 1989: WRB executive director Terence Dunleavy asks the Department of Criminal Investigation to conduct background checks on the members of Kenosha Gateway.

May 1, 1989: WRB member Branko Terzic tells lobbyist Brad Carr that he (Terzic) has no influence on Terence Dunleavy, as the latter works directly for the governor.

May 19, 1989: The WRB decides who to award the dog track license to. WRB board member Bette Hebal (a Portage County Humane Society official from Stevens Point) believed that Madrigrano, connected to Kenosha Gateway, had Mafia connections. The report done by DCI supports her view, and board member David Mebane further thought so, based on his time as a Deputy Attorney General in the 1970s. Because of this, they award the Kenosha contract to Dairyland Greyhound.

May 20, 1989: Governor Tommy Thompson was “screaming at” people in his office and personally asked WRB director Dunleavy how Kenosha Gateway failed to get their license.

June 27, 1989: The DCI turns in a further report that Alfred Ross of Kenosha Gateway had ties to Meyer Lansky and the New England Mafia.

October 12, 1989: Executives from Monsieur Henri Wines file an affidavt that they were threatened by “Pepe” Madrigrano, who told them he was back by some big name Mafia figures.

January 12, 1990: Gilbert Bratten incorporates NII-JII Entertainment in Illinois. Morgan Murphy is the registered agent.

April 11, 1991: The Kenosha news reports that Kenosha Gateway has an option to buy 4.9% in a proposed greyhound park in Menomonee Falls. Such a park would be in direct competition with the Kenosha park.

May 1992: Joseph Madrigrano Jr had a scheduled interview with Attorney General Jim Doyle, who was investigating the Kenosha greyhound situation. Madrigrano backs out of the interview.

June 9, 1992: The developers of the proposed Menomonee Falls track cancel their project, fearing too much competition.

January 9, 1993: Morgan Murphy meets with Joseph Madrigrano, Jr. In 1993, they would met a total of 56 times.

February 13, 1993: After years of trying to convince the city of Kenosha to purchase the corner lot at highway H and 152 for a proposed jail, Troha gives up, citing community opposition.

January 1, 1994: Murphy and Madrigrano spoke on the telephone three times in one day. Throughout 1994, they spoke a total of 68 times.

January 26, 1994: Ruffalo Carpet files litigation alleging a kickback scheme with James Troha.

May 26, 1994: NII-JII enters an agreement to develop an Indian gaming casino with the Menominee Indian Tribe. Investors in NII-JII, individuals as well as other limited liability corporations and partnerships, executed an operating agreement. Dennis Troha was not an individual investor in NII-JII. He was an interest holder in Kenosha Casino Partners, LLC (KCP) and Seven T’s Plus, LLC, a member of KCP. KCP was a NII-JII investor and member. Troha served on NII-JII’s founder’s board. The deal is flawed from the start, because NII-JII is erroneously described as a Wisconsin corporation rather than the Illinois one it was.

June 1, 1994: NII-JII (of Illinois) is dissolved.

August 15, 1994: Dennis Troha incorporates One T Corp in Kentucky. That same day, One T joins with Charles Johnson and Wade Houston to form Johnson Houston Partners.

September 16, 1994: A witness list comes out for the lawsuit alleging a kickback scheme with James Troha. The witnesses included Dennis Troha and Michael Pitts.

January 4, 1995: Murphy speaks with Madrigrano by phone. In 1995, the two would speak 46 times.

March 14, 1995: Joseph Jarles sues Dennis Troha’s trucking company in Kentucky. According to Jarles, company employee Gordon Birdsall instructed Jarles to commit perjury and pay off employees who were engaged in questionable conduct.

January 24, 1996: Gateway Ventures is incorporated. Edward Aprahamian was the registered agent. His partner was Phil Prange and the purpose of this business was lobbying.

March 19, 1996: Murphy speaks with Madrigrano for the first time in 1996. By the end of the year they would speak 47 times.

January 2, 1997: Murphy speaks with Madrigrano. 1997 would be a big year for the duo, with the men logging 156 conversations.

January 7, 1997: NII-JII starts making payments to Jim Wimmer.

May 16, 1997: NII-JII is incorporated in Wisconsin. The incorporators are Dennis Troha and Joseph Madrigrano Jr.

July 1997: NII-JII writes their Wildfire Casino Business Plan. According to the plan, they intended to purchase 73 acres adjacent to the proposed casino in Kenosha. They also intended to purchase land at Highway 158 and H, which (not coincidentally) was owned by Dennis Troha. The plan said NII-JII had been working on this idea for “several years” with Morgan Murphy, which would explain the many, many phone calls between Murphy and Madrigrano.

July 31, 1997: Madison Consulting is formed by Jim Wimmer, Eric Petersen and Richard Heymann.

September 27, 1997: Morgan Murphy (on behalf of NII-JII) signed the consulting contract with Jim Wimmer and Eric Petersen, less than two months after their company, Madison Consulting, was incorporated. The men would share $46.5 million if a casino was built in Kenosha.

November 13, 1997: NII-JII changes its name to Kenosha NII-JII. The same day, a new NII-JII is incorporated.

1998: An analysis by Crowe Chizek, an Indiana consulting firm, concluded that casinos in Waukegan and Kenosha would wrestle for many of the same customers. The report estimated that a Kenosha casino could expect revenue as a high as $296 million without a casino in Waukegan, but 22 percent less with a Waukegan competitor.

January 2, 1998: Murphy talks to Madrigrano on the phone. That year, they would talk 97 times.

January 9, 1998: Dennis Troha donates $250 to Jim Doyle. John Erickson donates $100 the same day.

February 5, 1998: The Kenosha News reports that Governor Tommy Thompson will allow a casino to go in Kenosha. The newspaper further quotes Joseph Madrigrano Jr as saying the Menominee tribe has offered Dairyland Greyhound park $40-45 million to use that site for their casino. The Menominee also allegedly had an option to buy Troha’s 73-acre parcel.

March 8, 1998: The relationship between Morgan Murphy and John Serpico is again publicized, this time in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

April 4, 1998: According to Murphy’s billing records, this was the only time in 1998 that he met with Dennis Troha.

May 6, 1998: NII-JII obtains an option to buy property from Dairyland Greyhound Park.

June 2, 1998: Jim Wimmer dies unexpectedly.

June 8, 1998: The Menominee tribe sends a series of letters to various Kenosha officials, letting the officials know the tribe was willing to pay $7.9 million per year to the city in exchange for a casino.

Jul 16, 1998: Joseph Madrigrano Jr. incorporates Kenosha Casino Partners.

August 25, 1998: An organization called BOLT (Better Opportunities, Lower Taxes) files a campaign registration statement. The group has Joseph Madrigrano as president, Troha employee John Erickson as secretary, and Ron Stevens (of the Boys and Girls Club) as vice president. The organization’s address traced back to Joseph Ruffolo.

November 3, 1998: A referendum to ban casino gambling comes up for a vote. It is defeated, again opening the door for a casino.

November 6, 1998: Dennis Troha creates Seven Ts Plus, LLC.

November 9, 1998: Joseph Madrigrano Jr creates Paradise Key Employee Options, LLC.

December 3, 1998: NII-JII, the Menominee tribe and Kenosha officials meet in a closed door session. County supervisor Gerald Bellow would later complain that this violated open meetings rules.

January 11, 1999: Morgan Murphy speaks with Madrigrano and Troha by phone. In 1999, he would speak with Madrigrano 14 times and Troha 10 times.

January 13, 1999: NII-JII, the Menominee tribe and Kenosha officials (again) meet in a closed door session. County supervisor Gerald Bellow would later complain that this violated open meetings rules.

February 2, 1999: John Erickson files a campaign finance document for BOLT. He includes the disclaimer that the expenditures may not be complete, and that such financial documents would be in the possession of Robert Wessels of Chicago. Who was Wessels? Wessels started up Enviropur in 1993, a company that took over a troubled waste-oil recycling facility outside of Chicago. “There was a company called Moreco Energy, which operated a waste-oil refinery in Chicago,” Wessels said. “There were a number of sites where they’d collected waste oil and they had enormous environmental liabilities. When it went into bankruptcy, they contacted me to help them work through the situation…. I settled the environmental liabilities, developed a number of programs. I took it out of reorganization and took it public, listed it on NASDAQ.” The operation ran into trouble when, in September 1994, it accepted waste oil contaminated with PCBs from Argonne National Laboratory. “The company went back into reorganization after that,” Wessels said. In December 1996, the Chicago-area operation was acquired at a bankruptcy court auction by ICHOR Corp., a subsidiary of Drummond Financial Corp., the senior secured lender.

February 19, 1999: Paradise Key Management Company is incorporated by CT Corporation system. The registered agent is paralegal Phyllis Funkenbusch. Officers are Murphy and Boyle.

March 25, 1999: NII-JII switches its registered agent from Joseph Madrigrano to CT Corporation.

March 26, 1999: The Menominee Tribe applies to purchase the dog track and place it in trust. The document are filed with he BIA.

June 16, 1999: Dennis Troha files his personal disclosure paperwork with the Wisconsin Division of Gaming.

August 4, 1999: Serpico was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago on charges of money-laundering, racketeering and fraud. He pleaded not guilty. Among other things, federal prosecutors have charged that the studio company owned by Serpico and Morgan Murphy received about $2 million in allegedly fraudulent loans.

September 21, 1999: The Kenosha City Council approves a casino opening in the city.

September 24, 1999: The Kenosha County Board approves the casino project, on the condition that the county receive 30% of payments.

November 8, 1999: Stephen P. Hurley becomes the attorney for Morgan Murphy and NII-JII.

December 15, 1999: Less than a month after incorporating, Achille Infusino’s real estate company buys property in Kentucky for $4.1 million. Five weeks later, they sell the same property to Ford Motor Company for $4.8 million.

March 16, 2000: Murphy speaks with Troha for the first time in 2000. Throughout the whole year, Murphy would only talk to Troha 14 times and Madrigrano 13 times.

March 2000: Newspapers report there have been growing allegations across the country that non-Indian gambling interests are using Native American tribes as fronts for building off-reservation gambling establishments to get around state bans on casinos, contributing to an increase in the number of Indian gaming establishments from 70 in 1988 to 325 now.

June 20, 2000: The Menominee Gaming Commission rejects Morgan Murphy, saying he is “unsuitable” as an investor in their casino.

June 28, 2000: Dennis Troha asks the Menominee Legislature to get the Gaming Commission to reconsider its stance on Murphy. Tribal counsel Jerry Straus says the legislature has no authority to do so. Two days later, the legislature (against Straus’ warning) convinced the Commission to change its mind.

December 6, 2000: Morgan Murphy testifies before the Menominee Tribal Gaming Commission. On December 19, they declare him officially “suitable” as an investor.

December 14, 2000: Argosy of Kenosha (“AOK”) entered into certain contracts with NII-JII for the purposes of funding a portion of the development and construction cost of the Menominee Tribal Gaming Authority casino

December 20, 2000: NII-JII sends out a press release saying it is partnering with Argosy for the development of the Kenosha casino.

December 31, 2000: The New York Times runs an article on NII-JII and reports on the connection between Morgan Murphy and John Serpico.

January 1, 2001: Murphy talks with Troha by phone, and will 21 times during 2001. Interestingly, Murphy does not talk with Madrigrano at all in 2001.

January 18, 2001: Argosy funded directly to NII-JII the sum of $976,870 to reimburse NII-JII a portion of incurred development expense.

February 1, 2001: Tommy Thompson resigns as Wisconsin governor in order to take the position of Health and Human Services secretary.

March 1, 2001: Charlie Johnson (of JHT Holdings) and son David create New Concepts Solutions, a trucking company in Kentucky.

April 14, 2001: Various media outlets find out about the $46 million Madison Consulting deal and it is widely blasted.

July 2001: Dennis Troha buys out Charlie Johnson and Wade Houston to take full control of JHT Holdings. This company owns various trucking companies.

July 11, 2001: Argosy made a direct payment of $650,000 to the Menominee Tribe after Argosy received notice that NII-JII had defaulted in its commitments to the Tribe.

September 30, 2001: Argosy, AOK, and its affiliates disassociated themselves and terminated their relationship with NII-JII.

November 1, 2001: Michael Chapman returns to the Menominee reservation and runs for the legislature. He does well enough in the primary to continue on.

November 2, 2001: NII-JII shareholders Richard Platt and Alan Kohl sue NII-JII.

November 4, 2001: Michael J. Pitts is elected to the Kenosha City Council. His father, Michael A. Pitts, is Dennis Troha’s cousin.

2001: Serpico was found guilty of using his union influence to obtain loans, including one for the film studio.

January 7, 2002: Michael Chapman meets Jack Abramoff through lobbyist Michael Smith.

January 8, 2002: Michael Chapman loses the election, does not get a seat in the Menominee legislature.

January 22, 2002: Michael Chapman writes an e-mail to Abramoff about Candace Patencio and Virginia Siva, members and Tribal leaders of the Agua Caliente. “I am dear friends with both and we have vacationed together in Utah and Hawaii – under the guise of Indian business… (Siva) has held her At-Large seat for several years. She is
contemplating running for Chairman, pending a preliminary polling of key families. What is remarkable about her is the At-Large seats are up for election each year, so she has a consistent power base in the tribe that is loyal to her… Candace comes from the Patencio family which is one of the largest families at Agua Caliente – both of her parents have served on council in the past and her father was once Tribal Chairman. She has served on council for several years as an At-Large Councilor. Last year she ran for Vice-Chairman of the tribe and lost by one vote. This
year she is seeking her old seat. Candace has an MBA… They (both) are also related to the Tribe’s Treasurer
(Moraino Patencio) – so if they prevail in their election pursuits in March – they will have controlling interest on the Tribal Council.”

February 16, 2002: In an e-mail, Chapman tells Abramoff that he will help with the candidacy statements of two Agua Caliente tribal candidates, adding in a follow-up e-mail the next day: “Agua voters must register weeks in advance in order to participate in the election — so now is the time they need to shore up their support!”

February 22, 2002: Dennis Troha donates $10,000 to Jim Doyle.

March 27, 2002: Michael Pitts contributes $1,000 to the campaign of Governor Jim Doyle. Achille Infusino, Nathan Cambio and members of Dennis Troha’s family also contribute to the Governor’s campaign the same day.

May 13, 2002: Frank Pacetti, along with Cletus Willems, Michael Pitts, John Erickson and members of Dennis Troha’s family all contribute to the campaign of Congressman Paul Ryan. Contributions totaled $5,000.

July 9, 2002: Chapman sends Abramoff a congratulatory e-mail on his work with the Agua Caliente tribe.

August 22, 2002: The Troha family donates $20,000 to Jim Doyle.

September 11, 2002: Five days after Troha family members donate $30,000 to the campaign of Governor Doyle, Pacetti also makes a contribution to the campaign.

September 13, 2002: Scanlon’s firm paid Chapman $10,400.

October 3, 2002: Chapman files papers to run in the Menominee legislature.

October 8, 2002: Scanlon’s firm paid Chapman $100,000.

October 9, 2002: Kenosha Casino Partners is dissolved.

October 10, 2002: Scanlon’s firm paid Chapman $10,000.

October 24, 2002: Linnea Pitts contributes $10,000 to the campaign of Jim Doyle. Michael and Theresa Riggs, Cletus Willems and several members of Dennis Troha’s family also contribute that same day. Almost $60,000 is contributed to the Doyle Campaign.

October 31, 2002: Michael Pitts, John Erickson, and Cletus Willems all contribute to the campaign of Peg Lautenschlager. This same day, Seven T’s Plus is dissolved.

November 25, 2002: Scanlon’s firm paid Chapman $10,000.

January 7, 2003: Dennis Troha donates $11,000 to Jim Doyle.

January 8, 2003: Michael Chapman wins a seat on the Menominee legislature.

February 4, 2003: Scanlon’s firm paid Chapman $10,000. He would be paid $120,000 in 2003.

April 5, 2003: Pitts, John Erickson and several members of Dennis Troha’s family all contribute to State Senator Jeff Plale’s campaign.

April 14, 2003: Governor Doyle meets with Dennis Troha and members of the Menominee tribe.

May 16, 2003: Michael Pitts and Dennis Troha each contribute to the Wisconsin Leadership PAC.

June 3, 2003: Several members of the Pitts family, along with members of Dennis Troha’s family, contribute $13,000 to the campaign of Congressman Paul Ryan.

June 11, 2003: Dennis Troha meets with Doyle’s representative Marc Marotta.

June 26, 2003: Michael Pitts and members of Dennis Troha’s family contribute to the campaign of Al Foeckler, a Democrat running against State Representative Mark Honadel in southern Milwaukee County.

September 25, 2003: Dennis Troha creates the legal entity Kenesah Gaming Development, LLC.

October 9, 2003: Pacetti, John Erickson, Cletus Willems, Achille Infusino, Pitts and Troha family members all contribute to the campaign of Governor Jim Doyle.

October 29, 2003: The Kenosha Gaming Development Agreement is signed. The parties involved are Kenesah Gaming (Troha), the Mohegan Tribe and the Menominee Tribe.

December 5, 2003: Two members of the Mohegan Tribe donate $4,000 to Jim Doyle.

January 13, 2004: Michael Pitts and Dennis Troha each contribute to the campaign of Anne Northup for Congress.

January 26, 2004: Michael Chapman is paid $10,000 by Scanlon’s firm; he would be paid a total of $20,000 in 2004, and then the payments ceased.

March 8, 2004: Pacetti contributes $500 to the ADCC. John Erickson, Cletus Willems, and members of the Pitts and Troha families also make contributions to the ADCC the same day.

April 8, 2004: Dennis Troha signs an agreement with the Menominee tribe, promising to use union labor when constructing the casino.

May 17, 2004: DOA Secretary Marc Marotta meet with Mike McClure of the Gaming Division and members of the Menominee tribe.

May 2004: A Chicago Sun-Times story alleged (based on information gleaned from a whistleblower lawsuit) that Nick Hurtgen was involved in a scheme to shake down a hospital that wanted to expand. The story set in motion a federal investigation. Two months later, Bear Stearns fired Hurtgen. Hurtgen was a relative of lobbyist Bill Gerrard and the #2 man in Tommy Thompson’s Department of Administration under Jim Klauser.

June 1, 2004: Michael Pitts, his family and John Erickson all contribute to the campaign of Assembly Minority Leader James Krueser.

June 22, 2004: John Erickson and Pitts family members all contribute to Governor Jim Doyle.

August 24, 2004: An organization called JOBS (Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, Stability) is formed. Bev Jambois is the organizer, and she also happened to be the wife of the district attorney, Robert Jambois.

October 25, 2004: Pitts and Troha family members all contribute to the campaign of State Senator Robert Wirch.

November 2, 2004: Kenosha has a referendum on casino gambling and 56% of voters are in favor. The Menominee tribe believes the success was largely because of Beverly Jambois.

November 2004: Menominee legal counsel Laurie Boivin sent a letter to the state of Wisconsin’s Office of Indian Gaming and Compliance asking them to approve a gaming vendor license for Dennis Troha.

December 22, 2004: After seven years, NII-JII files its first annual report. The company’s manager is listed as Paradise Key Management, which has the same address as Morgan Murphy’s law office in Chicago.

January 7, 2005: Troha and Kenesah Gaming file an application for a gaming license. In the application, Troha makes a number of omissions or inaccurate statements, completely leaving out his connection to NII-JII.

January 28, 2005: Pitts and Troha family members contribute to the campaign of Governor Jim Doyle. The Troha family donates $22,500. John Erickson and Achille Infusino donate smaller amounts the same day.

February 9, 2005: Michael Chapman is elected chairman of the Menominee tribe (a one year position). The next day he tells a reporter that his Washington connections will help finalize the Kenosha casino deal, as many of the important decisions are actually made in Washington.

March 21, 2005: Michael Pitts, Theresa Riggs and Troha family members all contribute to the ADCC.

March 28, 2005: Michael Chapman, Kenosha Mayor Jonh Antaramian, and Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl sign an inter-governmental agreement.

April 26, 2005: Michael Pitts, Achille Infusino and Troha family members all contribute to the campaign of Congressman Paul Ryan.

May 2005: A state-court jury in Kenosha County found Robert Boyle, Murphy Jr., Murphy III and related companies liable for securities fraud, racketeering and breach of fiduciary duty.

May 9, 2005: Nick Hurtgen is indicted on federal charges of fraud, insider dealer, kickbacks, influence peddling and corruption.

May 19, 2005: A fundraiser is held in Connecticut for Jim Doyle. The Mohegan tribe raises $20,000 for him.

June 30, 2005: Several members of the families of Michael Pitts and Dennis Troha contribute to Governor Jim Doyle’s campaign. In total, they contribute nearly $65,000.

July 12, 2005: NII-JII investors and members filed suit and were successful in expelling Murphy and Boyle from NII-JII. The jury verdict in that case awarded the investor class their original investment and punitive damages and NII-JII projected profits.

August 24, 2005: Dennis Troha announces that work continues “every day” on the casino project with much of the work going on behind closed doors.

October 1, 2005: Paradise Key Employment Options becomes delinquent in its filings.

November 9, 2005: Michael Chapman wins enough votes in the primary to go on to general elections for the Menominee tribal legislature.

November 28, 2005: NII-JII sues Dennis Troha and Kenesah Gaming.

November 30, 2005: Michael Pitts, Cletus Willems and several Troha family members contribute $15,000 to the campaign of Congressman Paul Ryan.

January 18, 2006: Menominee tribal elections are held and Michael Chapman loses his seat. This election has allegations of fraud circling over it, and the Green Bay Police Department is called in to investigate.

February 3, 2006: Pitts, Cicchini, Tenuta, Ruffalo and Infusino family members contribute to the Doyle campaign the same day as several people with ties to the Mohegan Indian Tribe make contributions. For the first three days of February, the Doyle campaign is bombarded with Mohegan contributions. Stephen Marcus (of the hotel / movie theater family) also pitches in $1,000.

March 10, 2006: NII-JII files its annual report, and now the manager and registered agent is attorney Theodore Hodan.

June 22, 2006: The US Senate releases its report on Jack Abramoff, revealing the $271,000 that Michael Chapman was paid by Abramoff and Scanlon.

July 14, 2006: The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against the owners of Dairyland Greyhound Park, who were suing the state in an attempt to end Indian gaming in Wisconsin.

July 17, 2006: Dennis Troha sells his remaining interest in JHT Holdings.

July 31, 2006: Judge Stephen Simanek dismisses the NII-JII lawsuit against Dennis Troha.

August 14, 2006: Troha business partner Frank Tenuta is charged with felony theft. Tenuta retains as his attorney Philip Marry, who was an investor in Troha’s Kenosha Casino Partners.

August 23, 2006: Pacetti and Pitts contribute to the campaign of Congressman Jim Oberstar. Dennis Troha and his family members also gave that same day, along with other potential members of the co-conspiracy, giving nearly $20,000.

September 7, 2006: NII-JII appeals Judge Simanek’s ruling.

October 19, 2006: Pitts and Troha family members contribute to the campaign of Governor Jim Doyle. They contributed nearly $25,000.

March 2007: Dennis Troha was indicted on federal charges of fraud and lying to the FBI in connection with campaign contributions made by Troha family members to Gov. Jim Doyle and others. The indictments allege Troha gave money to other family members who then made campaign contributions, thus allowing Troha to secretly exceed a state law limiting to $10,000 the annual donations from a donor to a candidate. Troha and his partners needed Doyle’s approval for a proposed casino. Troha’s attorney says the businessman did nothing wrong. Doyle said his campaign had seen no reason to believe the donations were tainted.

September 2008: Allan Kehl, who had served eight years as Kenosha County’s sheriff, was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Kehl accepted envelopes stuffed with $100 bills from American Indian casino-backer and former trucking magnate Dennis Troha. The bribes totaled $15,000. Once, Kehl found an envelope with $5,000 on the console of Troha’s Bentley, after Kehl had sought money for a different person.

October 2008: Achille “Kelly” Infusino, 55, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months probation for breaking federal campaign finance law. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence also ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 60 hours of community service. He faced up to a year in prison. “The nature of the crime is very troubling to me,” Gorence said. “It is a violation of public trust.”

More than $250,000 in illegal donations were made between Oct. 1, 2003, and Aug. 23, 2006, according to the records. Of that, $18,000 went to President Bush, more than $100,000 to Gov. Jim Doyle and more than $100,000 to congressional delegates. Contributions also were made to political action committees of both parties. Infusino, who formerly worked for Troha, admitted he made donations with others’ money, in exchange for receiving payments on his leased car, U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said. Infusino also laundered $86,000 through his company that was then used for campaign donations, Biskupic said.

March 4, 2016: Morgan Murphy died.

Also try another article under Organized Crime
or another one of the writings of Gavin.

2 Responses to “Kenosha Casino Corruption, 1985-2006”

  1. Drew Hunkins Says:

    Enthralling as always Gavin. Thanks for posting this.

  2. gavin Says:

    The rough draft isn’t even done yet. :)

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