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.