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Additional charges laid in casino conspiracy case

25 July 2007

SHAPOKEE, Minnesota -- As reported by the Shapokee Valley News: "Additional charges were filed in federal court on July 18 against a Prior Lake businessman who was charged in a March 22 federal indictment for allegedly wiring $35,000 to the gaming director of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in an attempt to participate in the development of a new lakefront casino.

"A superseding indictment was filed in federal court on July 18 against the former owner of Cash Systems Inc., Craig Keith Potts, 35, of Prior Lake, and Michael W. Johnson, of Bloomington, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

"The superseding indictment charged Potts with two counts of bribery and one count of wire fraud in addition to the alleged count of conspiracy, two counts of making a false statement and two counts of obstruction of justice, which Potts pleaded not guilty to as a result of an investigation into possible corruption of casino development and contracting practices..."

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