Monday, August 17, 2015

BREAKING: Chukchansi Tribal Council Member Chance Alberta Subject of IRS Investigation

The FRESNO BEE reports:  A criminal investigation summons has been issued by the Internal Revenue Service for records from a Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians business offshoot and its leader, tribal council member Jeffrey Chance Alberta.

Alberta’s name was specifically mentioned in the summons, which was received by the tribal council at its Fresno office about a week ago, said Reggie Lewis, chairman of the Chukchansi Tribal Council that Alberta also is seated on.

IRS investigators interviewed the 41-year-old Alberta for about 45 minutes last week, Lewis said.

No other tribe members are named in the summons, which seeks records from 2010-14. No dollar amounts are noted in the document.

When asked Monday, IRS officials did not acknowledge the summons.

Arlette Lee, a spokeswoman and special agent for the IRS in the Bay Area, said the agency will not confirm an investigation and normally doesn’t confirm the filing of any documents until a criminal complaint, search warrant or indictment is issued. None of those have been filed in this case, which means criminal wrongdoing has not yet been found, she said.

The summons seeks “all corporate records and books of account relative to the financial transactions of Jeffrey Chance Alberta, Chukchansi, Incorporated of Coarsegold, CA, and any entity operated under Alberta and Chukchansi, Incorporated.”

The summons demands examination of inventory records, corporate minute book, stock register, loan, savings and checking account records.

There is no reference in the summons to audits filed with the National Indian Gaming Commission last year that said there was $49.6 million unaccounted for from audits for 2012 and 2013. Late audits and a casino office raid to recover audit information last October led to closure of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

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