Thursday, November 7, 2019

Former Paskenta Tribal Leaders Found Guilty

Hat tip to the commenter who pointed out this article.

Paskenta tribal leader: Guilty pleas are 'vindication' for Tribe after millions stolen

Excerpt:

The defendants are the former Tribal Economic Development Director, John A. Crosby, 56, of Redding; the former Tribal Administrator Ines S. Crosby, 76, of Orland; and the former Tribal Treasurer Leslie A. Lohse, 64, of Glenn.

The trio pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court, to charges of conspiracy to embezzle or steal from a tribal organization, as well as tax fraud and tax evasion offenses.

“The defendants used the Tribe’s accounts as their personal piggy banks,” said Kareem Carter, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation. “For at least five years the defendants took more than $4.9 million of the Tribe’s money and intentionally failed to declare it as income to the IRS. This resulted in a tax loss of over $1.6 million.”

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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well if prosecuters want to get a real bad bunch, then look no further than Pala tribe. They come as greasy and sloppy as they come, and if the IRS did a forensic audit, I'm sure they would see all kinds of improprieties.

Anonymous said...

Here, piggy, piggy, Rob you little sloppy, greasy pig. Oink! Oink!

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that the Paskenta General Council voted to bring charges against elected officers for embezzlement, and brought a civil suit against the embezzlers. The US Attorney's Office had the case transferred to their jurisdiction since it is a federal offense to embezzle from a federally recognized tribe and brought indictments for criminal charges. The federal government would never have brought charges against tribal leaders without an action taken by the tribe.

Anonymous said...

This would be good for Pala to do the same thing.
However there is one big problem in Pala, the people in the Tribe are to chicken shit to raise their hands against Smith or Nieto.
They would rather abused and talked down to.

Anonymous said...

After reading this report it is almost like Robert Smith wrote the book on corruption and these corrupt leaders are following the directions of Robert Smith and Theresa Nieto.
The FBI will and can arrest them and put them in federal prison if the tribe will ask as a tribe to investigate them.
Sure there has been a few members that have filed a complaint with the Feds, but as a request by an entire Tribe they would have no choice but to follow up on a request to lock these people up for their crimes.
So quit crying and do something that can help put an end to these corrupt leaders and take back what they have taken away from you.
We are now getting about one third of what we used to get as a per capita check but the EC has not shown any kind of decrease in their spending methods.
In fack they are spending so much of the Bands money on things that are not important and on things that have nothing to do with the PBMI as a whole.
And to make matters worse Rob wants his daughter to be on the EC and take T. Villa out.
DON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN BY HIS LIES AND CORRUPTION.
BY VOTING FOR HIS DAUGHTER FOR ANY EC SEAT WOULD PUT THE TRIBE IN A REVERSE GEAR BECAUSE SHE WILL VOTE ON THINGS THAT HER DADDY TELLS HER TO VOTE FOR.
SO MEMBERS OF PALA WE URGE YOU TO NOT VOTE FOR HIS DAUGHTER, THIS COULD BE A REAL DEATH SENTENCE FOR OUR TRIBE.

Anonymous said...

You can’t have the chairman’s daughter on the EC. That is a conflict of interest. You might as well just let Robert have 2 votes. Because she is just going to vote however Robert wants her too. If he wants her on the EC he has to resign as chairman. And you don’t need the entire tribes vote to request the irs to do a audit. Just pass around a petition. If you get the majority of the tribe to sign it and give it to the IRS they will do the audit

Anonymous said...

Not really. The IRS will probably not order an audit of the PBMI finances based on a request from the GC. The BIA would have to do so because it is in the Pala Constitution. Or at least it was. Who knows what the Constitution says now.

Anonymous said...

2 direct family members cannot be on the EC at the same time. Cousins is ok but not parents, siblings or spouses. This is the first I am hearing about smiths daughter running for council. Which daughter cause I believe they both have arrest records and should not be eligible to run for 2 reasons. 1) arrest record 2) conflict of interest. Why was this not brought up or questioned at the October meeting when she was nominated?? She might as well already be on the EC. Rob knows how to set up the elections so he gets who he wants on there. If she wins this needs to be questioned and brought up at a meeting and to the BIA.

Anonymous said...

BIA will be really concerned...not. Smith's daughter is a perfect choice and will uphold the tradition of corruption that Pala members endorse.

Anonymous said...

Just because she will win a seat on the EC does not mean she is endorsed by the tribe. Robert knows how to get people on and off the EC. He did it with Leroy when he wanted him off and replaced him with Maxcey then Maxcey when against him so he had Ravago replace him. He also keeps himself and Nieto on the EC evey election. If anyone believes smith and nieto were re-elected last December after announcing to the GC in September the tribe is broke and the money was mismanaged and then saying there is NO Xmas bonus??? You must be a child or several small minded which are the exact kind of followers Smith/nieto love because they believe what they are told and don’t ask questions. That’s why he hates King & Willy SO MUCH and why he took away 2 members percap for a year to punish them for not listening to him and demanding answers. Which we all know now was illegal under the percap dispersement agreement specifies he hasn’t done it since. We need to stand up together if he claims his daughter won a seat on the EC. The GC needs to stand together at the meeting and speak up about his daughter not being eligible to run due to her father a direct relative on the EC and her felony record!!

Anonymous said...

COME ON PALA YOU CANT BE THIS SCARED IN PLACE TO ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN!
If we allow Roberts daughter to join the EC we are going backwards. When Robert fired Cynthia his secretary (when she was on medical leave for cancer) and her husband head of I.T. The FBI was making its rounds and had asked “why T. Villa didn’t have the same access as the rest of the EC”. The FBI asked “why would smith ask I.T. to limit what T.Villa can see on her computer”. This was because she wasn’t one of his lackeys he placed on the EC to replace Kilma after he left the EC due to questionable practices with the disenrollments and other EC actions he didn’t agree with. Villa is the tribal secretary how can she be limited on what she can do for the tribe and what tribal documents she can see?? Seems to me and apparently to the FBI Smith was hiding something he didn’t want anyone outside his EC circle to see.
If his daughter replaces Villa and becomes tribal secretary then Robert may as well be secretary cause he will do what he wants and then just have his daughter sign off on it since she will probably rarely be in the office. This is just giving him another spot in the EC.

Anonymous said...

Do not let this go, do not vote for his daughter in this election she is not the smartest person by ant means. She will do as she is told by her dad concerning tribal issues.
Vote to re-elect Theresa Villa as the sect. for the Tribe.
Vote for Nona Nejo for vice chairman and vote for Bradley
for committee member and get rid of Ravago and Dion Perez
we really need this change for the security of our Tribe.
Nona Nejo is not afraid to ask questions about any issues
concerning tribal matters.
She is for sure not afraid of Theresa Nieto or Robert Smith and she is the type of person that we need on the EC today.
No matter what you think about Nona rest assure she is on your side and she is for the Tribe as a whole.
So put your concerns about Nona on the back burner and vote her in as the new Vice Chairman, we need the change now before its to late.
She really cares about the financial stability of the Tribe and the way that Members are treated.
She can be hard sometimes on some issues but she really does care about the members and their families.
VOTE FOR NONA NEJO FOR VICE CHAIRMAN SHE IS WHAT THE BAND NEEDS.

Anonymous said...

Shit as far as that goes Robs daughters don't even have the blood to be enrolled in Pala because their grandfather gave up his rights to become a citizen Indian
and Rob and his family are claiming their blood line from his Grandfather, which is illegal from the get go.
So be smart and don't vote for someone like his daughter who should be considered and outsider and is not smart enough to even wipe her own ass without reading directions first.
VOTE NO FOR ROBERT SMITHS DAUGHTER.

Anonymous said...

How can Robbers daughter run when he's on the Council? Isnt that considered conflict of interest? Plus she's a felon. Goes to show how corrupt Pala has become. That should've been nipped in the bud from the beginning.

Anonymous said...

Fuck you Rob you are nothing but lying no good bastard only out to get what you want and don't care who gets in your way, friend, family or not.
You deserve to be executed and have your fat ass sent to hell with the rest of your people.

Anonymous said...

I just heard Smiths plan for this election and it goes like this.
He wants his daughter to be voted in to replace Theressa Villa, then he wants Marcos Orrasco to replace Dion Perez
and he wants to keep Ravago as vice chairman.
This will be total destruction of whats left of our Reservation if this goes down like this.
For one, his daughter has no knowledge of anything concerning to do with tribal business.
She will be told what to do by her father 100% even if it is wrong, no experience equals many mistakes and instead of moving forward we will be going in reverse.
So members use your brains when it comes to voting for Tribal Sect. and vote for experience and keep Theressa Villa on the EC.
Then we come to Marcos Orrasco running for EC member to replace Dion Perez.
Orrasco is a yes man as far as Smith goes and will do as he is told by Smith and Nieto. Voting for Orrasco will be like giving Smith 3 votes on the EC.
Don't waste your vote on Orrasco, vote in Bradley G. to replace Perez, he is a fair person and can not be bought off with comps or money. He believes in his people and will be a good person on the EC.
Ravago was a good guy at one point but has now become just like Rob and can"t be trusted.
Vote for Nona Nejo to replace Ravago she is concerned about issues and will do whats right for the tribe as a whole and she for sure cannot be bought off by Rob. So vote for Nona Nejo and stand behind her at the meetings and you will see change for the better.
So now you know Robs agenda so vote against it and for for new and honest EC members.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone received a flyer for Bradley Guchino running for EC members?
And also one for Nona Nejo who is running for vice chairman against Ravago?
Maybe Rob didn't approve the flyers and never sent them out.
This could be bad for the ones running for change for Pala.
I can see why Robs daughter has no flyer to send out because she has no experience to put on the flyer.
Also the fact that his daughter can;t be on the EC because it would be a conflict of interest to have a father daughter sitting on the EC and that's according to the BIA and the FBI.
The FBI says that according to the constitution it says that a wife/husband and child of an EC member can not be on the EC board as a member because it would be considered a conflict of interest.
A cousin aunt or uncle is okay but not your son/daughter/wife.

Anonymous said...

WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER SMITH ON THE EC.
IF ANYTHING WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE SMITH THAT'S ON THE EC, AKA ROBERT H. SMITH.
ROBERT HITLER SMITH.
VOTE NO FOR HIS DAUGHTER FOR TRIBAL SECRETARY.
VOTE FOR THERESSA VILLA SHE HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND HAS BEEN OUR SECRETARY FOR A FEW YEARS,
WE DON'T NEED TO START FROM SCRATCH AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE WOULD BE DOING IF SMITHS DAUGHTER IS VOTED IN.
SO TRIBAL MEMBERS PLEASE DON'T VOTE FOR ROBS DAUGHTER
SHE HAS NO EXPERIENCE AND CAN'T EVEN WIPE HER OWN ASS WITHOUT READING THE DIRECTIONS FIRST.

Anonymous said...

She CANNOT legally run for office!