CINCINNATI - After going weeks without being paid, a group of off-duty Cincinnati police officers who handle security details outside the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati have finally received their checks.
Jennifer Kulczycki, the communications director for Rock Gaming, LLC, confirmed Sunday that the approximately 20 officers who had not been paid since the casino opened more than a month ago received checks this weekend.
"The checks were appropriately issued and delivered this weekend," Kulczycki wrote via email.
Casino officials would not disclose the total amount of backpay it paid to officers. The officers are supposed to be paid every two weeks for the work they perform outside the casino and at its entrances.
The casino may request additional officers during peak times, such as Fridays and Saturdays or when casino officials expect high turnout. Approximately four officers may be on site during peak times, Kulczycki said. All off-duty officers are from the Cincinnati police department.
The casino made $21 million in adjusted gross revenue in its first month of operation. However, multiple vendors that are employed by the Horseshoe Casino, including local police officers, were not paid.
Officials with the casino told Capt. Kim Janke of the Cincinnati Police Department that the payment issues were the result of an accounting error.
"It was a processing error on our end, and as it's been explained to me, it does sound unfortunately simple," Kulczycki said.
Kulczycki released the following statement Friday afternoon:
Horseshoe Cincinnati is aware of an issue which has caused a recent delay in payments to some of our vendors, including some off duty Cincinnati Police Department officers. We have been working to address the situation and expect resolution and payments to be made early next week. CPD has been and continues to be an important partner with Horseshoe Cincinnati and we apologize for this unexpected delay.
The news of payments comes after Janke confirmed to 9 On Your Side that officers were reluctant to sign up for shifts due to the accounting issues during the casino's first five weeks of operation.
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