Details emerge on FBI search at Choctaw casinos

NESHOBA COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Native American dancing captures the attention of the crowds at the Choctaw Indian Fair this week.

But something else has gotten the attention of the U.S. Justice Department.

Around 40 FBI agents raided the Golden Moon and Silver Star Casinos near Philadelphia Tuesday, copying computer hard drives and pulling out piles of paperwork.

WLBT has learned the raid was likely related to a relationship between Miko Beasley Denson and Mercury Gaming in Atlanta.

Doug Pattison is CEO of Mercury Gaming, a gaming consultant group.

The website also lists "The Titan Agency", which is an advertising arm of the company.

Sources tell 3 On Your Side Chief Denson had been paying Pattison $60,000 a month.

Then in February, that payout shot up to $250,000 a month.

The tribal council didn't know about the payouts.

Just last week, Chief Denson lost his re-election bid to Phyllis Anderson.

Then, Denson cast the deciding vote to throw out that election.

A new election is scheduled for September 6.

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