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Lawyer's big bonus under investigation

September 28, 2000
By: Seth Bachelier
State Capital Bureau

Station Casino are still under investigation after giving St. Louis lawyer Michael Lazaroff a 500,000 dollar bonus. Seth Bachelier has the story.

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Station Casino executives chose not to give information to the Missouri Gaming Commission concerning the half million dollar bonus.

St. Charles Republican Steve Ehlmann says he thinks the commission should have issued subpoenas in person when they had the chance.

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OutCue: "judge can do."
Contents: Ehlmann says that the subpoenas should have been handed out personally that way a judge could have enforced them on Station Casino executives.

The original subpoenas couldn't be enforced because they were faxed instead of served in person.

No further commission action has been planned yet.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.


The Missouri Gaming Commission remains clueless as to what caused Station Casino to give a St. Louis lawyer a half million dollar bonus. Seth Bachelier has the story from Jefferson City--

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Shortly after receiving his bonus from Station Casino, Michael Lazaroff pleaded guilty to defrauding his lawfirm.

But there's still a big question St. Charles Republican Steve Ehlmann wants answered.

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OutCue: "their regular fee."
Contents: With strong hourly rates, Ehlmann is curious as to what Lazaroff could have done to deserve a 500,000 dollar bonus.

Ehlmann says there's a good chance he won't get an answer to his question.

That's because the Gaming Commission faxed subpoenas to Station Casino instead of delivering them in person.

That means Station executives weren't legally bound to tell the commission anything.

From Jefferson City, I'm Seth Bachelier.