Sunday, September 2, 2012

"a bribery and kickback scheme that preyed on the tribe"

Another article in the Sacremento Bee:

Judge allows bail for defendant in tribal theft case

Published: Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Bart Wayne Volen, once a prominent Sacramento-area developer and contractor, has an impressive list of assets, and now federal prosecutors want them, plus double-digit incarceration.

So, they argue, he should have to stay in jail until he pleads or is found guilty because, facing prison and financial penalties that spell total ruin, he will use his liquidity and familiarity with international travel to flee.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd didn't see it that way Friday. At the conclusion of a protracted hearing stretching over parts of two days, the judge ordered Volen released on $3.5 million bail to be secured by a home in Maui and his son's signature on an $800,000 bond.

Drozd also ordered cash totaling approximately $573,000 transferred from Volen bank accounts in Maui, San Diego and Thailand to the client trust account of his attorney, Matthew Jacobs. The judge decreed that none of the money may be withdrawn without the approval of a court officer.

Volen, 53, who is charged in a grand jury indictment, along with two former employees of the United Auburn Indian Community, with a bribery and kickback scheme that preyed on the tribe, has been on conditional release since last week, pending further investigation of his holdings by the government.

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