Casino Commission Director Takes Legal Action

May 5, 2017

A writ has been filed against Tibor Vertes by Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission [BCGC] Executive Director Richard Schuetz, with it being alleged that Mr Vertes sent an email containing “defamatory comments.”

The BCGC said that on 8 February 2017 an email was sent to Premier Michael Dunkley, Mr. Mark Pettingill, Mr. Shawn Crockwell, and Dr. Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development Dr Grant Gibbons which was signed off “Tibor Vertes”.

The statement from the BCGC said that the “email contained defamatory comments regarding the Executive Director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission”. A portion of the email [not the full comments, just a small extract] can be read in a past story here.

“On 13 April 2017 a letter before action was sent by email to Mr. Vertes requesting a full retraction and apology. No retraction or apology was forthcoming,” the BCGC said.

“Proceedings against Mr. Vertes were therefore issued by the Executive Director, with the full support of the Commission, on 27 April 2017 seeking an injunction and damages for defamation. On 3 May 2017 Mr. Shaun Crockwell accepted service of the Writ on behalf of his client, Mr. Vertes.

“The Commission is always open to listening to constructive suggestions and criticisms designed to assist us in our mission. However, it will not tolerate the surreptitious publication of defamatory material, the sole intent of which is to advance personal agendas and, at the same time, impugn the honesty, integrity and professionalism of those persons who are associated with and engaged by the Commission. That is unacceptable behaviour and will be dealt with accordingly.

“As there is now an ongoing civil case before the Supreme Court of Bermuda, the Commission will not be making any further comments on this matter.”

Tibor Vertes was a panelist on the PLP Town Hall on gaming held on May 3rd, and at the event, he appeared to have been given some form of document by someone who arrived.

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