012314 GTR_Resort Advantage logo_300Resort Advantage (RA), makers of the award-winning Complete FinCEN / IRS Compliance Solution used by almost 100 of the country's most prominent casino properties, has partnered with Theron "Scarlet Raven" Thompson to formally establish RA's new Native American Gaming Division (NAGD).

"Expanding upon our success in the Native American community has been a clear objective for our company and we are pleased to partner with Theron Thompson to lead our expansion into Indian Country,” said Brian Ferrilla, managing director at Resort Advantage in a prepared statement. “Theron is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in North and South Dakota; he has over 25 years of experience in the tribal gaming industry and worked his way up from the front-line through executive management and regulatory management in multiple gaming operations across Indian Country. Theron's knowledge, education, and insight into Indian Country allows RA to deliver our proven vision to many more tribal casino customers, helping them to reduce costs, minimize risk, increase revenues, and work towards establishing a 'findings free' FinCEN and IRS compliance management environment.”

As the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) ramps up its efforts to audit and assess fines to more casinos in the years to come, RA is committed to helping more tribally-owned casinos to avoid costly violations of the anti-money laundering regulations. Though there are approximately 420 gaming establishments owned and operated by nearly 240 tribes across 28 states, generally only the largest properties have already taken steps to automate their AML compliance management processes, according to RA. The company is working hard to bring these same fine-eliminating AML compliance management capabilities to the hundreds of smaller properties across the country that need them, and Thompson will be focused on that effort, playing a key role in furthering RA's business relationships and expanding RA's customer base across the Native American gaming industry.

"As founder of the Gaming Regulators and Surveillance Professionals Group, I carefully looked at Title 31 FinCEN compliance solutions for our nearly 2,000 members that cover all of Indian Country,” Thompson said. “The Native American gaming market is diverse with many small to mid-size casino operations that are often overlooked, although they too need cost-effective automated compliance capabilities. After much research and discussions, I concluded that Resort Advantage is the most innovative and advanced compliance automation solution provider and has proven they can deliver."