Gold Rush Amusement Founder Sues Illinois Gaming Board

Illinois’ Rick Heidner had an excellent idea last year about launching a casino project. The founder of Gold Rush Amusements video gaming terminal (VGT) went to the Illinois Racing Board to get operations approval.

But when it was revealed that Heidner had certain ties with gang activity and because of complaints against Rick, the IRB cancelled the project and now he says the Board has made the wrong decision. Heidner wants all his expenses paid by the commission.

The Gold Rush Amusements owner is prepared to sue the Illinois Racing Board while demanding $4 million in restitution. According to his words, one of the employees had secretly shared his information with the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI): the employee gave his personal and financial data to the FBI and other agencies “unintentionally and illegally.” He also argues that by “unfair and improper actions” the local board made his position even worse.

Important details about Heidner were linked to his associations with Rocco Suspenzi, a mafia person accused by tax evasion prosecutors and running a forum for illegal gambling. Heidner did not confirm any of those links that a home search of former Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval subsequently showed.

The case against Heidner may cause the Illinois Racing Board some problems. The IGB has reported that there was a “data breach” in the first month of the year. The board’s president, Marcus Fruchter, explained the situation in a letter to lawmakers: “an IGB employee may have improperly accessed confidential information on IGB licensees and applicants and disclosed this information without authorisation or justification to three federal government entities.” However, it was only “an isolated incident involving one employee who acted alone and outside the scope of their duties.”

Heidner has another opinion. He notes that “troves of sensitive financial records and personal information” includes information about his activities as well as about his wife, two kids and various business partners. Judging by the lawsuit: “Despite requiring licensees and associated individuals to hand over a veritable treasure trove of their most sensitive data, the evidence will show that the IGB’s approach to protecting Mr. Heidner’s data has been careless and cavalier, at best.” It is not clear who committed an invasion of privacy by the Illinois Racing Board. The employee’s actual name has never been published. Heidner case stresses “negligence and breach of fiduciary duty” He now awaits to hear the court hearing date.