Saturday, April 28, 2018

Tribal Member Charged With Embezzling From La Jolla Band


nbcsandiego.com Tribal Member Accused of Embezzling $68K From La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

By R. Stickney

Published at 1:31 PM PDT on Apr 20, 2018 | Updated at 9:41 PM PDT on Apr 21, 2018

A member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians and a former employee of the Tribal Council was arrested Thursday.

Destiny Nelson, 35, is a tribal member and a former employee of the council who allegedly used her position to embezzle approximately $68,000, according to investigators.

The sheriff's department began investigating this case in September 2017 after the tribal council contacted deputies to report suspicious financial transactions by an employee.

Nelson was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of embezzlement, identity theft, forgery and grand theft, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The La Jolla Indian Reservation is located off State Route 76 in the northeast area of San Diego County at the base of Palomar Mountain.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shit, sounds like Pala Watch needs to contact the Sheriffs Department to get something done...LOL.

Anonymous said...

Either this lady did not have good enough connections or La Jolla did not pay the Sheriff enough.

Robert OWNS the Sheriff. Anyone well connected to Robert has nothing to worry about. Just walk out with bags of cash, no one cares.

Anonymous said...

You got that right 8:16
He donates to them heavily with the Bands money.
Also he donates to the DA;s office in San Diego, and also gives grease money to the deputies and deputy DA's as well.
How do you think his family members never get charged with any crimes.
Also applies to his friends.
Like Goodpasture and all of his DUI's and he still drives Tribal vehicles probably has a suspended or revoked CDL.
Goodpasture is a risk to be on the Tribes insurance also.
I guess that old saying applies here, IT'S NOT WHO YOU KNOW, IT's WHO YOU BLOW AND DONATE TO.

Anonymous said...

I doubt that money has any say in who gets investigated and who does not. Call the Sheriff and tell them what is happening. Give them your so called evidence, see what happens. Unless you guys are full of shit!

Anonymous said...

@ 11:16, done that many times, they will look into, they are looking into, they looked into it, and there you have it. The FBI has more info on Robert and his cronies and have had it for years, where have you been? This is all we have been discussing over the past 6 years. His donations are public knowledge, look at any arrests of his relatives or any consequences that they have had to face due to their criminal activity, and look at the people who were with them at the time, who gets blamed, who does time, and who remains per-capita members even though they have major crimes against them?

Anonymous said...

Every and all donations should be brought to the General Membership and voted on before being given out to anyone.
Instead the EC gives the money out and Tribal Members hear about it 6-10 months later.
That's because you keep giving the EC more and more power to do so.So blame yourself for this for giving up the power to control anything
that the EC does.

Anonymous said...


Kleptocracy

Kleptocracy is a form of political corruption in which the ruling government seeks personal gain and status at the expense of the governed, literally meaning “the rule by thieves.” Through graft and embezzlement of state funds, corrupt leaders amass tremendous wealth at the expense of the broader populace. Some of the most egregious examples have occurred in countries with very high rates of poverty. The inherent challenge for corrupt leaders is covertly expatriating and holding money in secure locations where it can be accessed in the future. Generally, that requires international movement of funds. When transfers occur in U.S. dollars or transit the U.S. banking system, federal money laundering jurisdiction is established. The FBI initiates money laundering investigations to trace the international movement of assets and, in conjunction with foreign partners, forfeit and repatriate assets back to legitimate authorities in victim countries.

Among the most challenging money laundering investigations are those targeting “gatekeepers,” which may include bankers, brokerage houses, trust companies, attorneys, accountants, money managers, notaries, or real estate agents. ICU investigates these international business people who provide professional services to illicit actors wishing to disguise the source or nature of their money. These insiders have unique knowledge concerning the financial and legal systems in which they operate, making detection difficult. ICU’s kleptocracy program is run in close coordination with DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (KARI), part of the broader Priority International Money Laundering Threat (PIMLAT) violation.

Looks like there really is a definition for the type of thief Robert Smith is. He is definitely guilty of all of the above. Unfortunately the FBI has allowed the statute of limitations to run on most of the major crimes committed by Smith.

Anonymous said...

Pala needs old school justice taken out on Smith and Nieto.
Catch them off guard, off of the Reservation and have a blanket party with a bar of soap in a sock and let them have it, one blow at a time.
Know one would recognize either one of them when justice is done.
One blow to the head for every Tribal Member that they wrongfully disenrolled.
154 to the face and 8 more to the head.
And double the face blows for the ones that have died or Murdered
because of their greed.

Anonymous said...

This is public record on Spokeo for Robert H. Smith from Pala CA. It says he is or was also a resident of Illinois and Maine?? Does that mean he owns land there and has an address there?? Oak Park and Glenview are small towns or suburbs outside Chicago and Abbott is a very small town population is under 1,000.

Aliases: Robert A Harrison, Robert M Smith, Bob A Harrison, Rob Smith, Bob Smith
Male, Age 57
Relatives: Jr Smith • Charlene Smith • Catherine Smith • Margaret Smith • Victoria Smith
Locations: Chicago, IL • Oak Park, IL • Glenview, IL • Pala, CA • Abbot, ME

Anonymous said...

You are right on the money 11:22 AM, there is also a residence in the southern area of Los Angles that has been purchased by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and as soon as I find the site I will post the address on here for all to see.

Anonymous said...

Here is some of the info on Pala Band of Mission Indians that I just found.
Pala Band of Mission Indians
3478 sunset dr.
Fallbrook ca 92028 check it out for yourself.

Also go to Cortera Business Directory (you can google it)
and type in Pala Band of Mission Indians and brace yourself.
Seems that Pala band of mission Indians, is in the business of apartment managing.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the building that they bought in Temecula.
The one in the so called business park.
Did your Chairman and his realtor make a side deal and sell it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Valley Center Sheriffs Dept. turn her lose and go after bigger fish like Robert Smith in Pala who gets away with a lot more crimes than you have against this woman.
He gets away with Elder abuse, Threats, Fraud, embezzlement, Corruption, Conversion, against tribal members.
So how is he not in jail.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I forgot to say Murder.

Anonymous said...

Every time anyone calls the VC Sheriffs Dept. about Robert Smith he knows about it before we hang up.