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Bondi says her info about money laundering at Tampa Hard Rock came from deputy

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who last week spoke of “many money laundering cases” involving the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, now says her information came from a conversation she had with a detective at a party.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the state attorney’s office and the Seminole Tribe of Florida all contend there has never been even one such case — and Tribal Council Chairman James Billie is outraged.

At a news conference last week denouncing a bill that would add up to three destination casinos to the state, Bondi said: “I went and spoke to many law enforcement officers and in Hillsborough County, many of the last drug trafficking cases that they made, the money was laundered through the casino.”

When the Herald/Times pressed Bondi to name which casino, the former Hillsborough County assistant state attorney, said it was the Hard Rock in Tampa. Sun-Sentinel story here.

Las Vegas Sands vice president Andy Abboud responded with a letter to Bondi challenging her suggestion that gambling breeds crime. Read here.