May 14, 2019 12:48 PM
A Wisconsin tribe accused of pocketing at least $1.5 million in casino funds has been fined more than $5 million.
Federal gaming regulators said St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders pocketed the money with little or no documentation or receipts. Regulators say some of the funds were used for trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas, and in some cases, the only description and documentation for disbursing the funds were the words "travel" or "consulting fees."
The National Indian Gaming Commission listed 527 violations of federal and tribal ordinances, with the maximum fine for each violation being $52,596, meaning the tribe could've been fined a maximum of nearly $28 million. However, the commission instead chose to issue a fine of $5.5 million to the St. Croix Tribe.
The tribe can appeal, though it's unclear if it will.
Updated: May 14, 2019 12:48 PM
Created: May 14, 2019 12:40 PM
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