Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jury Selection Underway In the Trial of James Riley and Ryan Robinson in Pechanga Grand Theft Case. Money Pales in Comparison to What Pechanga Has STOLEN from Tribal Members

Jury selection concluded for the day Thursday in a trial for two former Pechanga tribal employees accused of diverting $4 million in insurance funds into their personal bank accounts.  $4 million is 100 times less than what the Pechanga Tribe has stolen from it's own members.

Prospective jurors were ordered back to court Monday.

James Riley, 48, of Corona and Ryan Robinson, 41, of Temecula are each charged with grand theft and commercial burglary.

Riley is additionally charged with money laundering, according to court documents. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Robinson -- the Pechanga tribe's former chief financial officer -- faces 10 years.

We are still waiting to hear if there will be charges in a theft of Pechanga slot machines.  Former Pechanga Chairwoman, Jennie Miranda has been dealt with at tribal level.   Miranda is the brother of Andrew Masiel, head of the Native American Caucus of the Democratic Party.

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