The tussle between Mohegan Sun casino and Eugene Melynk may not end anytime soon as some of us expected. The latest update according to is that it has reached a point where Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment hired an expert witness to prove that actually, Melnyk signed the gambling credit markers to honor the debt he owed the establishment.

Mohegan’s complain or side of the story is that the business is claiming $900 from Mr. Melnyk to cover his debt. A statement in the CBC News highlights that in March 2017, Melnyk gambled and lost to the casino money that amounted to the above-claimed amount in a single weekend.

To honor this debt, Ottawa Senators’ owner Mr. Melnyk was provided with five bank drafts or credit markers, which he willingly signed to confirm agreeing to pay. Unfortunately, when the MGE (Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment) presented the bank drafts to request payment, the bank questioned the validly of the signatures in the drafts. However, if Melnyk had provided another means of making the payment, it’s likely that things would not have gone to the courts.

Now the latest reports are that MGE’s hired experts witness Mr. James Streeter, in his submission wrote that it is highly possible that actually the NHL boss Mr. Melnyk knowingly signed the draft he was offered by the creditor who in this case is his client. He says that he has considered all the key features in Melnyk’s past and recent documents that have his signatures, and has come to a certain conclusion, again based on the available evidence that actually the signs are his.

On the flip side, the reason as to why the bank refused to honor the drafts is that they could not confirm the authorization in the credit markers. On the other hand, Melynks’s defense attorney’s submission to the court argues that his client was lured into the situation without his will. That is, he was kind of induced to keep gambling and the person in control of the game then didn’t even care to talk sense to his client to caution him of the situation. In addition, the defense team argues that some of the drafts are questionable, as they do not match the appearance across each other.

In short, Melnyk is not ready to pay or in precise is disputing the authenticity in three drafts that are worth $600. MGE’s Streeter, on the other hand, insists that he had carefully crossed compared the signature on Melnyk’s key documents including the photocopies of this passport, casino credit document and others.

Commenting about the validity of the signatures, MGE’s attorneys state that there’s no question that all that Melnyk is doing is just trying to stall the legal proceeding and that it’s certain that the signatures are his. They say he’s trying to evade some responsibility and make the case appear complicated by trying to split it into separate bits (wanting each marker to be considered separately).
The next hearing for this case would be, December 17, which is next week.