Thursday, April 18, 2013

James Riley & Ryan Robinson Pechanga Bribery ReTrial Underway. No Trial Yet for ACTUAL Pechanga Thieves

A second trial got underway Wednesday, April 17 for former insurance broker and a onetime official of the Pechanga Resort & Casino, who now face commercial bribery charges in a case that was reduced after jurors deadlocked when it was first heard as a $4 million overcharge scam in July.

Prosecutors said in the original case that then-insurance broker James William Riley of Murrieta, and onetime casino chief financial officer Ryan Jay Robinson of Temecula, worked hand-in-hand in 2006-2007 as Robinson turned a blind eye and approved inflated insurance invoices from Riley, in exchange for about $150,000 in kickbacks.

Riley’s defense attorney in the first trial said his client took due compensation for saving Pechanga millions of dollars in insurance premiums in a tight insurance market after the industry was recovering from huge claims following Hurricane Katrina. Robinson’s attorney said his client had no knowledge of the inner workings of Ryan’s insurance operation.

When jurors could not reach verdicts on July 26, a judge declared a mistrial and a few days later dismissed grand theft and money laundering charges, leaving Riley and Robinson each facing three charges of commercial bribery, which focus on the alleged kickbacks.

More to the story:

Ryan Robinson James Riley Case History

No Trial for ACTUAL Pechanga Thieves


Anonymous said...

Wasn’t it bout out in the trial that Pechanga lied on the stand in order to keep quit that a Pechanga officer had knowledge or was involved? They didn’t say if it was a PDC or tribal council but it was said that that the check signing was done by this person.

White Buffalo said...

I would love to see the truth about the tribe brought out in court. I would pay and protect the person, who as they say, let the cat out of the bag. We know the tribe is corrupt and that money that comes from the floor to the counting room does not match what is reported, and as for side deals, other entrepreneurial activities, schemes, and just plain cheating on payouts. Lets hope that real justice will take place.