Imperial Palace casino says they have nothing to hide from FBI

The controversial Imperial Palace casino resort in Saipan. (PNC file photo)

The owners of the Imperial Palace casino resort have issued a statement following the Thursday search by the FBI of the company’s Saipan offices.

A statement from IPI Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiary, IPI (CNMI) LLC was released to the media Thursday night.

It states:

“First, our companies have nothing to hide and will cooperate with law enforcement authorities.

“Secondly, we want to assure the people of the CNMI that we continue to be law-abiding and good corporate citizens who are proud and privileged to be members of the CNMI.

“Finally, we want to assure our employees, their families, vendors, patrons, and residents alike that our companies are intent on succeeding and making the CNMI the jewel of the Pacific for our emerging gaming industry.”

Honolulu-based FBI Special Agent Jason White confirmed that search warrants were executed at “various locations” in Saipan Thursday but he declined to say exactly where, or what the FBI was looking for.

However, CNMI officials announced that federal agents searched CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres’ office.

And sources in the CNMI have confirmed for the Pacific News Center that the office of  Viola Alupuyo was also served with a search warrant. She is the Saipan legal counsel for the Imperial Palace, a Chinese-owned casino resort.