Ex-Conn. casino tribe chairman charged with theft

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 4:07 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former chairman of the tribe that runs the Foxwoods Resort Casino is accused along with his treasurer brother of stealing a combined $800,000 from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Authorities on Friday charged Michael Thomas with stealing $100,000 between 2007 and 2009 during his tenure as the tribe's chairman. Treasurer Steven Thomas is accused of stealing $700,000 between 2005 and 2008 when he was assistant director of the tribe's natural resources department.

The tribal council said it stands behind Steven Thomas and the government's action "has strong implications on self-governance throughout Indian Country."

Attorneys for the brothers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The brothers are charged with theft from an Indian tribal organization and theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funds.

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