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Judge hears arguments in criminal case related to Boston-area Wynn casino project

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BOSTON — Massachusetts' biggest casino project is back in federal court.

A federal judge is hearing arguments Wednesday in a wire fraud case against three former owners of the waterfront land in Everett that Wynn Resorts wants to develop into a $1.7 billion casino.

The hearing is expected to focus on allegations that Wynn representatives gained unauthorized access to files in a state and federal investigation.

The allegation has also been a focus in civil lawsuits by Boston, Revere and Somerville seeking to overturn the state's decision to award Wynn the lucrative Boston-area gambling license last fall.

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz's office, in court filings, has dismissed the allegations as "rumor spewed and spun" by Boston that should not be allowed in the case.

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