DOJ: News Release

Nevada Firms File for Chapter 11

HELENA — Gambling Control Division administrator Gene Huntington said Tuesday that three entities that the state has sued over the failure to deliver an automated accounting and reporting system have filed for Chapter 11-bankruptcy protection.

According to Huntington, Steven H. Urie and three related corporations filed for protection in federal bankruptcy court in Reno in late December 2003. Urie and two of the corporations, Gamet Technology and Lodging & Gaming Systems, Inc., had been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Montana Department of Justice.

The state filed suit in July 2001 to recover over $900,000 that was paid to Urie and the associated corporations to develop and install an automated accounting and reporting system for the Gambling Control Division. In addition to the money paid to Urie, the state is asking for unspecified damages.

“The state intends to pursue its claim either as a creditor in the bankruptcy proceeding or through the lawsuit set to go to trial this May,” Huntington said. “While the bankruptcy has temporarily stayed our suit, we have instructed counsel retained in Nevada to pursue having the stay lifted so the trial can go forward as scheduled.”

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