Invoices: Casino consultant billed Ohio for $1.5M

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Invoices show the consultant helping Ohio develop rules and regulations related to its four new casinos charged the state more than $1.5 million in 2011.

The Columbus Dispatch reviewed the documents and found much of the cost for Atlantic City, N.J.- based Spectrum Gaming Group came from fees up to $375 per hour.

Some of the expenses were travel-related as Spectrum representatives visited regulators and casino sites in Ohio and went elsewhere to meet potential vendors and a developer. Ohio's casinos are being built in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

The newspaper says Spectrum's lead consultant for Ohio was unavailable for comment this week and referred questions to the Casino Control Commission.

Its executive director says the commission believes Spectrum is following its work agreements with the state.

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