A former insurance broker and a onetime official of the Pechanga Resort & Casino near Temecula, who were accused of bilking the tribe out of millions, surrendered Wednesday, July 17, to begin serving their sentences for commercial bribery convictions.
James William Riley, 49, of Murrieta, and Ryan Jay Robinson, 42, of Temecula, the casino’s former chief financial officer, were convicted April 29 after their second trial. They were sentenced earlier this month to two years, 8 months in prison.
The men had been accused of bilking Pechanga of more than $4 million in an insurance overcharging scam from 2006 to 2007 and were indicted by a grand jury in 2010.
The Pechanga.Tribe has stolen over $400 million in per capita and benefits from over 25% of their tribal members since the 2004 and 2006 disenrollments.
Two down, a whole bunch of corrupt council members to go
Nobody even the government doesn't care until the money stops pouring into taxes and campaign contributions or somebody gets killed then maybe they will pay attention. I personally have stopped many people i know or have talked to from going to pechanga or Pala by telling them my story and how corrupt the greedy leaders are. I tell them there are other casino options around that aren't run by dictators so they should give them their business. I will continue to let everyone that mentions to be patrons of casinos the truth of these tribes. All of them had NO iDEA all this was going on in native country. I hope and suggest you all do the same. Tell 10 people they tell 10 people and so on. Trust this will come up in discussion when their friemds mention Indian casinos and it spreads.
Once the tribes are united and free from oppression we can tell people a different story how things are good.fair and honest on the rez and the casino profits do help the people instead of making a few powerful dictators like now.
So why didn't Jennie get prosecuted or her son?
Because they are tribal members and connected to the ruling regime of Pechanga
Tribal insider (sorry cant say who) speaks out about Pala's finances or lack of. They basically said Pala's BROKE! Chairman Smith and Treasurer Nieto will not show tribal funds or other accounts besides the casino profits which are provided at monthly meetings. This is because they cannot allow the tribe to see how much is in these accounts because the tribes reserve account is empty and they take money from these interest bearing accounts. Also the rumor about the EC taking out a loan for Christmas bonuses last year is true. The tribe didn't have the money to give the minimum bonus that's why they didn't let the people vote on the bonus like they have been. My response the current EC is running Pala into the ground soon there will be nothing left we'll end up like Chukchansi. We as the general membership need to stand up and ask more questions, demand answers, the EC works for us.
Well if their broke Pechanga is fucked,..disenrollment time. Start with the garbeani's.
or the laevis line get Raymond , Jennie and yoly out before they start another move to disenroll true members. You know they have to disenroll real members in order to bring Jennie and her son back. by disenrolling they have the majority vote.
So the rumors r true
The person above stated that about Pala not Pechanga.
Mark Macarro does this all the time ?
A former chairman of the tribe that owns Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino admitted to investigators that he used a tribe-issued credit card for personal expenses and knew that was prohibited, an FBI agent testified at his trial on theft charges.
Michael Thomas is accused of improperly charging about $100,000 in personal expenses on a credit card issued by his Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Prosecutors say the charges included rides by a limousine service to doctor's appointments for his mother and television and satellite radio for himself.
I don't know about Pechanga's status other then rumors but the Pala situation was given by a member in tribal government that would know what's going on.
Unfortunately the tribe won't realize or believe until we end up like Foxwoods or Chukchansi in debt unable to pay out bills. For some reason some tribal members most family of the EC continue to believe the EC's deceit and that it's just the disenrolled or other tribal members talking trash trying to turn people against them. I wish it was that simply because I do not want to see Pala fall apart because of a few greedy leaders. Yes Robert Smith has done a lot for Pala but somewhere along he has lost his way and is now destroying all we as a tribe have been fortunate to gain now and for our future and children's future. Robert could end this we all know he can do good and he has so he needs to stop the over spending and kick out Dickstien and the other NON-TRIBAL MEMBER partners who take a cut of everything. Robert helped Pala once and in the past couple years has been tearing it apart so he can once again be a leader we all once looked up too and "honestly" elected. Chairman Smith take back our tribe you have an obligation to us members ALL MEMBERS including the disenrolled. We can set an example to other tribes that are fighting and falling apart instead of being a part of it. Chairman Smith you owe nothing to these outside partners and lawyers. There is enough to go around if its done fairly without outside influence. MAKE PALA GREAT.
Robert won't change. He has to much hate in his heart. He has already Dissenrolled kings relatives, but that's not enough. He try to kick him when he's down and ban him for 2 years. And for what? Because king handed out some true documents about the dissenrolled? Robert knows the dissenrolled belong. That's why he gets so mad when true documentation of MB gets handed out. Other wise he wouldn't care. It would be nice if Robert and king could squash there differences, re-enroll the Britains and put a end to all the bitterness on the reservation. Then we could all work together to make pala a better place. But I just think Robert has to much hate in his hart.
He better hurry up and do it before his health takes him out, or is taken out by some other means.
It's hard to find him he has 5 different cars you will see him in around the Rez different days. Tan Chevy Tahoe, Ford focus, his daughters black BMW, white Toyota truck and Camry I believe. Paranoid Much? I wonder who pays for all these cars ? Could be rentals to change up often although he's had the Toyota truck a while.
Hopefully one of his family isn't driving one of these vehicles if someone ever decides to take a shot at him of throw something at his vehicle that would scare them but they can only blame their father. Either they are uneducated/ignorant to see the truth for themselves or don't want to. Anyone who spends a day looking at everything can see the truth but some still wanna be lazy and not read and look at all the documents for both side's and just take Robert and his supporters word of mouth. Then they go around sounding stupid spitting out lies when the other side just spits out facts and documents which really pisses Robert and Co. off when truthful documents are presented to any tribal members. Like when king passed out public official document's that showed Robert Smith as a liar he tried to banish king from meetings and take away his per cap for 2 years. NICE TRY DIDN'T WORK because the vote was done in person not by secret ballot which they can and do fix.
Also when king and Smith got into that argument at the Monthly meeting Robert was heated and told king "your kids are off the roles" soon after they were! Many of us were there and heard it. At least Smith is a man of his word and you gotta give him credited for being able to have his hand in everything even relatively minor things around Pala so he can have total control. Anything on Pala even if not under tribal control Smith has a hand in monitoring and controlling directly or through an ally. He must have read Saddam's or Ghadaffi's memoirs on how to have and keep total control of your country. We all know Robert is not that smart someone is or was coaching him on power and control.
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