JAY — A Grand Lake casino has dropped a civil lawsuit against a former employee accused of stealing over $400,000, an attorney for the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe said Tuesday.
The Grand Lake Casino in Grove filed the petition Feb. 4 in Delaware County District Court in Jay against Pat Mae Culver. The petition was dropped on Monday, according to court records.
The casino is owned and operated by the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, which is based in Miami. Chief Paul Spicer referred all questions to Jess Green, a Seneca-Cayuga Tribe attorney.
“The theft has been referred to federal prosecutor's office in Tulsa,” Green said. “The civil lawsuit was filed improperly,” he said.
"It (the civil lawsuit) was not filed by the tribe or a tribal entity," Green said.
Robert McCampbell, a Tulsa attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf the casino was unavailable for comment.
“A forensic auditor found the theft and had the lawsuit filed,” Green said.
“Normally in situations where there is a theft, the tribe relies on prosecutors to file criminal charges,” Green said.
A surveillance videotape showed Culver taking money from the boxes, the petition states.
Reports were retroactively ran back through September 10, 2007, which showed $421,597 was missing. Culver was the only employee who was working in the count room on the date of each occurrence, the petition states.
“The investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District located in Tulsa is nearly complete,” Green said.
Culver was unavailable for comment and did not have a listed telephone number. Josh Lee, Culver's attorney was also unavailable for comment.
The tribe revoked Culver's gaming license and she has been barred from the Grand Lake Casino, Green said.