Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jennie Miranda Issue: Is It Ethical Business Practice to Keep Silent on Pechanga's Corruption Within?

As we have posted earlier, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which operates one of the largest casinos in the state, the Pechanga Resort & Casino, just held a special meeting to discuss the FBI case into former tribal chair Jennie Miranda and her son Larry Miranda.

This issue has been a long time coming, the FBI has been investigating for more than four years.   As commenter Attila the CPA said: They have boatloads of Casino records, bank records, tax returns, canceled checks, personal testimony and what not. Cases like this are complicated and take many years of investigation. The tribe owes a billion dollars to banks, has thousands of employees, and owes millions to the State of California. Law enforcement must move carefully or many people, and financial interests may be hurt.

Questions remain about the Pechanga tribal council's culture of corruption. Obviously, the council has known about this for years.

Why is it NOW that they bring this before the people?

Did Jennie Miranda's brother, Andrew Masiel, the head of the Native American Caucus of the Democratic Party in California, know about these crimes, or was it a complete surprise his sister had a lot more money?

Would Masiel be allowed to vote on any issue involving his family members at council meetings, or was he excused from those meetings? If not, can the tribal members believe he would not let his sister know what the tribal council found out from their investigator? Obviously, Jennie knew what she did, but she wouldn't have known what the investigator knew.

We've used the slogan, "If Pechanga will cheat their own people, won't they cheat their customers too?" for years. Now, it looks like more examples of how Pechanga has cheated it's membership. Couldn't the $50 million plus be shared between members? And how could the Pechanga Development Corporation be so inept, that they couldn't see what was happening? Where is the oversight?

And, shouldn't the people of CA expect their share? How can we be sure that Pechanga is accurate, when they say how much profit they are making?

Serious questions I think.

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