The mystery began in 1993 when the 103 page Scotland Yard Report was delivered to two Las Vegas journalists, John L. Smith, and myself. Its sender was not identified nor was it known why we were the only persons in Las Vegas to receive the document.
Mr. Smith wrote the book Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn using portions of the information he gathered from this document. Following the publication of Running Scared, Mr. Smith and his publisher were sued for libel by Mr.Wynn who challenged the veracity of most of the information contained in the Report and in Smith's book. Wynn's libel case is currently threading its way through the courts. At the bottom of this page you will find links to several newspaper and magazine articles selected to provide both sides of this fascinating story.
Below are links to the individual pages of the Scotland Yard Report. Because the scanned images are of photo copies, you may find them difficult to read though they are still legible. I believe that this document is public domain and therefore I make it available for your perusal. I also believe that you should be able to see the entire document instead of just hearing rumors about it. This way you can be the judge as to the document's authenticity and accuracy.
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THE VEGAS GUY: What is Steve Wynn doing?
Copyright © 2002
United Press International
By JOE BOB BRIGGS
April 24, 2002
Wynn is especially sensitive about a Scotland Yard report from the early
1980s that declared him unfit to own casinos in England. When Smith called
Wynn to discuss the report a decade later, "he threatened to sue me within
10 seconds of my broaching the subject." Wynn was probably the most powerful
man in Vegas at the time - he was derisively referred to as "Governor Wynn"
- and his furor resulted in the column never running. (It became a chapter
in "Running Scared.") Wynn's subsequent libel suit - which was originally
based, not on the book itself, but on the catalog copy describing the book
- was fought by Wynn and publisher Lyle Stuart for six years, going all
the way to the Nevada Supreme Court, with Wynn at one point vowing that
Smith and his family would end up on the street.
Old guard under siege
Remaining D.I. Estates homeowners contend Steve Wynn hasn't been a good neighbor
Copyright © Las Vegas Mercury
November 14, 2002
By Bob Shemeligian
A year ago, a state arbitrator found for the homeowners. "The association exists to protect and promote the welfare and safety of its members," arbitrator Richard McCall writes in his decision. "The respondents [Wynn's development team] state candidly that they purchased property within the association solely for the purpose of destroying the association. ... This can hardly be consistent with the welfare and safety of the [remaining homeowners]." FULL STORY
Wynn and the First Amendment
By Steve Miller
former Las Vegas City Councilman
In 1993, my radio program began being picked up on stations from coast
to coast. The program was being aired on WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut
just at the time when Wynn was trying to get licensed to invest one billion
Nevada-made-dollars in a casino there. Coincidentally, a story broke on
the front page of the RJ detailing how Wynn had comped members of the "five
families" at the Mirage. I had Jon Ralston and John L. Smith, who were
reporting the events, on my program to discuss the incident. Their appearances
generated numerous calls from New England listeners. When the Connecticut
legislature turned Wynn down, he publicly named and blamed me for his failure
at a meeting of the Conn. Chamber of Commerce. Wynn immediately threatened
to sue me, my partner Russ Driver, and the stations carrying the program.
The New York Times
Sunday, December 6, 1998
A Gambling Impresario Leaves Little to Chance
By BRETT PULLEY
"Steve Wynn's control over politicians is all-encompassing," said Steve
Miller, a former Las Vegas City Council member who has frequently been
at odds with Wynn. "It's overwhelming. Either you work for him or he tries
to get you out of office."
Considered by many Nevadans to be the most powerful man in the state, Wynn gets roadways rerouted, public transportation projects scuttled and public land deeded over to his company. But he wields his influence not only to expand his company beyond Las Vegas, where it owns four casinos plus a half interest in a fifth, but also to advance the public's acceptance of casinos as he builds palaces so lush that they become must-see stops on America's road map.
"Like a Good Neighbor…Steve Wynn is There…"
COLUMN: Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune, Inc.
October 11, 2000
A number of pioneer citizens who choose to remain in their beautiful
homes on what was once the Desert Inn golf course are learning the true
meaning of "political clout!" Homes that have been sold to Steve Wynn for
his planned resort are being intentionally allowed by Clark County officials
to deteriorate into attractive nuisances; abandoned structures that attract
vagrants. Their swimming pools are green with algae and are breeding disease
carrying misquotes. Rats have also been reported, all under the watchful
eye of Wynn and the Clark County health and code enforcement authorities
that are obediently turning their backs on resident’s complaints.
Observers: Wynn lofty visionary
Tuesday, March 07, 2000
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Trevor Hayes
"His influence over the valley has been extensive, not only the valley
but the whole state," said state Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas. "He
virtually gets what legislation he wants passed regardless of how it affects
the state." Neal, long an advocate for higher gaming taxes, thinks this
deal will lessen Wynn's political influence. "(Wynn) frightened a lot of
politicians with that power," Neal said. "Frankly, I believe MGM will be
a better corporate citizen." Former Las Vegas Councilman Steve Miller also
hopes Wynn will opt out of politics. "The influence peddling he has displayed
in the state of Nevada ... has caused him to fall from favor not only of
his fellow Nevadans but observers outside," Steve Miller said. Wynn should
be remembered "as a blowhard and a manipulator and a corruptor of politicians,"
said the former councilman, once the target of a Wynn lawsuit.
By the skin of my teeth...
Escaping Steve Wynn’s legal ax
COLUMN: Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune, Inc.
August 2, 2000
I was also mysteriously contacted by an investigator for the New Jersey
Gaming Control Board who inquired if I had a copy of the report. I replied
that I did and he asked me if it had a Control Board time stamp on its
cover. It did not. He abruptly ended the call. John and I later speculated
that his call indicated that the original report in the New Jersey Gaming
Control Board file was probably missing and that the copies we had were
probably made from that document. The call also confirmed the authenticity
of the document.
Gaming goes soft
By KEN WARD
Las Vegas CityLife
In this context, the National Gambling Impact Study Commission pales
as a threat. While the casino industry demonizes the commission as a bunch
of right-wing demagogues, Steve Miller has a different view. He offered
to take the panel on a guided tour he's dubbed "Las Vegas Behind the Mirage."
Sightseeing opportunities include a look at Arizona Charlie's placement
between two senior apartment complexes, the casino shuttles that serve
HUD-funded housing projects, and the proliferation of neighborhood slot
joints. The panel, which comes to town Nov. 10-11, has expressed no interest
in a firsthand probe of Las Vegas' seamy underbelly. But it's sure to get
an earful from national casino opponent Tom Grey, who will be representing
the National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion. Neal, too, will be heard
as he joins a panel discussion on local employment issues. Neal's opening
came when Wynn stepped down. The casino mogul reportedly was miffed at
the addition of Otis Harris, a local businessman who is aligned with Miller's
populist crusade against the spread of gaming.