Combination photo from file photos show Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn (L) and Universal Entertainment Corporation CEO Kazuo Okada. REUTERS/Staff
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In April 2015, a sworn statement submitted in a Nevada lawsuit between rival casino moguls Steve Wynn and Japan's Kazuo Okada contained an unusual assertion.Wynn Resorts has since acknowledged covering those costs and making other arrangements for Fujihara, as well as other potential witnesses, to meet with the FBI.Fujihara's account helped prompt the judge in the Nevada case to allow questioning into Wynn Resorts' role in facilitating the separate criminal investigation into Okada. The civil case in which Fujihara submitted his statement, at the request of Okada's lawyers, stems from a prior business relationship between the two casino titans that soured when Wynn dismissed Okada from the board of Wynn Resorts in 2012 .The total number of witnesses Stern brought to the FBI has not been disclosed in the ongoing civil case.In court filings, Okada's legal team has sought to portray Stern's work with the FBI as evidence of "corporate espionage" aimed at discrediting Okada in the civil lawsuit, which could go before a jury as early as this year.Wynn Resorts has claimed in court papers that the Okada side is using the civil case in part to find out more about what the government is doing in the criminal probe and prepare for a possible defense.The judge in the civil case, Elizabeth Gonzalez of Nevada's Clark County District Court, rejected claims by Okada's lawyers that Stern's contacts with potential witnesses were improper. Stern has been ordered by the judge to provide more testimony in the case.
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