Nevada Regulator Approves Fine for Jim Kelley’s Tahoe Nugget’s “Wild-West”-Style Operations

  • Tahoe Nugget hired and fired without notifying Nevada regulator as the law requires
  • NGC’s order to pay $2,000 includes the casino not providing contact details of its management
  • The family-owned casino near Lake Tahoe has supposedly now hired a Compliance Officer
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The NGC has ordered Jim Kelley’s Tahoe Nugget in Crystal Bay to pay a $2,000 fine for operational failures, including hiring and firing reporting. [Image:]

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has approved a $2,000 fine for Jim Kelley’s Tahoe Nugget in Crystal Bay, essentially for operating its human resources department in a Wild West-style manner.

hiring and firing employees without notifying the NGC

Top of the two-count complaint involving staff compliance issues was the Tahoe Nugget Inc.-owned casino’s hiring and firing of employees without notifying the regulator, as required by 2022 and 2023 gaming regulations.

Tahoe Nugget’s President James Kelley and Vice President and General Manager Jeffrey Kelley signed the Thursday settlement, but not before the NGC took the firm to task for the complaint’s second count, failing to provide telephone or email contact information for its management board.

Presenting this complaint Deputy Attorney General John Michela said, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, that the lack of contact information was an issue because “the public would be unable to air operational concerns with casino management.”

Tahoe’s Nugget’s GM assured the NGC his firm had already hired a Compliance Officer, as ordered by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and that the family-owned casino near Lake Tahoe has since supplied all contact information to the Board.

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