The Pala Band of Mission Indians, a tribe that exterminated Indians via disenrollment, is struggling at their casino. Karma? San Diego UT has the story.
Pala Casino Spa & Resort, has replaced its CEO. In March, former CEO Bill Bembenek acknowledged to the Union -Tribune that an unspecified number of layoffs — coming amid its planned $170 million expansion — was due in part to the economic pressures from “an increasingly competitive Southern California casino resort market.”
Besides Bembenek, Pala’s longtime PR director is also no longer employed by the casino, but reports that Pala had terminated several other high-level members of its executive team and had cancelled its annual Christmas bonus to employees could not be confirmed.
From the comments of the PALA WATCH post, corrupt tribal chairman ROBERT SMITH was called out;:
Pala members had better wake up and see what is happening. Robert Smith is the majority owner of Pala Interactive. He is building up the value of the business by taking money out of the Casino and increasing the value of his share. This probably means that he is creating an escape plan that will enable him to get away with hundreds of millions of dollars. Since Pala Interactive is unregulated, it doesn't matter if their website says PBMI is the owner. Smith can sell his share and keep the money legally unless the Band moves in and shows that the money he invested in Pala Interactive was not his own money and was instead tribal funds that were converted to his personal assets.