Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Former Paskenta Tribal Leaders Sentenced To Prison


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Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California - Former Members of Tribal Leadership Sentenced for Multimillion Dollar Embezzlement Scheme


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three former leaders of the Paskenta Tribe of Nomlaki Indians were sentenced today for a conspiracy to embezzle or steal from a tribal organization, as well as tax fraud and tax evasion offenses, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.


U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced John A. Crosby, 56, of Redding, to four years and nine months in prison and to pay a $10,000 fine; Ines S. Crosby, 76, of Orland, to four years and nine months years in prison; and Leslie A. Lohse, 67, of Glenn, to three years and five months in prison. Lohse has paid $902,208 in restitution prior to today’s sentencing hearing. A hearing will be held on April 19, 2022, to determine the amount of restitution John Crosby and Ines Crosby will pay.


According to court documents, from approximately January 2009 through May 2014, the defendants took millions of dollars from the Paskenta Tribe of Nomlaki Indians without tribal or legal authority, taking advantage of their positions on the Tribal Counsel and in prominent leadership positions in the tribe.


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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

United States Attorney's Office
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Suite 10-100
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 554-2700
Fax: (916) 554-2900

Here is their contact info. Call them, write them. Fax them. Be Active. Take action. Tell them about the big fish. They won't do anything but maybe they can be embarrassed. Paskenta is small potatoes compared to the rest of the Dickstein thieves and thugs.

Anonymous said...

https://financialpost.com/pmn/press-releases-pmn/business-wire-news-releases-pmn/boyd-gaming-to-acquire-pala-interactive

A must read

Anonymous said...

Also while you are on this site looking at pala interactive sale, type pala into the search box and you will see what all of those cages/metal boxes are for at the west end of the Casino by the RV park.
According to the web site SDG&E is installing a battery storage system. Also according to them the land is part of the pala reservation.
I did google pala comez creek and it does say that that land does belong to the tribe.

Anonymous said...

So PBMI invests $70 million and Robert Smith turns it into $170 million for himself. Can't argue with success I guess.

Anonymous said...

He needs the money to support his daughters habit.
The one that should be considered a direct threat to the residents of the reservation by her selling and doing drugs.

Anonymous said...

Boyd Interactive Gaming Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pala Interactive LLC and its subsidiaries for total cash consideration of $170 million.

Pala currently provides B2B services in eight states across the United States as well as Canada, and operates B2C offerings in New Jersey and Canada.

The transaction is expected to close by the first quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals. The transaction will be financed with a combination of cash on hand and the Company’s existing credit agreement.

**Has this been brought up at monthly meetings or has the EC mentioned anything of this?

Anonymous said...

NO,NOT ONE DAMN WORD.
MUST BE HIDING SOMETHING.
PROBABLY THE AMOUNT OF THE KICKBACK TO SMITH AND NIETO.
WE WILL FIND OUT AS SOON AS THE FBI GETS A COPY OF THE TRANSACTION.

Anonymous said...

The FBI has been looking into Robert and Theresa for several years now but I don’t think they will do anything until they are off the EC and the new EC gives the OK to prosecute. The FBI will not pursue or bring charges against a sitting council member. They need the approval and cooperation of the EC to pursue charges against a tribal member. Just like the other tribes that had to overthrow or vote out their corrupt council then the charges were pursued.
Problem is Robert’s got everyone in Pala running scared and everyone is afraid to step up and speak the truth. Everyone is afraid to bring Roberts attention on them. He is like that eye in Lord of the Rings. Everyone is just waiting for the FBI to do something which wont happen or for him to pass on. Sad but True

Anonymous said...

So does that mean that the FBI is okay with murder, drug dealing and elder abuse that is being done by Robert Smith and Theresa Nieto, sorry i forgot to include all the money that has been take from tribal and government
funds through the grant money that is never used for what the grants were written for.
I guess native lives don't matter the the FBI.

Anonymous said...

A petition has been out there for all adult members to sign a request to have smith and neito investigated by the FBI for fraud and other charges and has been signed by more than 150 adult members and will soon be past on to the regional office of the FBI in Carlsbad, ca.
WE WANT JUSTICE FOR THE PEOPLE/ TRIBAL MEMBERS LIVING ON THE PALA INDIAN RESERVATION.

Anonymous said...

I thought that the above post was bullshit until today when it was brought to me and asked me to sign the petition.
I was very surprised. So i read it and then i signed it.
I hope and pray that the FBI will now take it serious and do something about what Smith and Nieto are guilty of.
Only time will tell.
According to what i was told by the man that ask me to sign it said that the FBI was not the only ones that are going to receive the request.
They said that 6 departments of the Federal Government are going to get a certified copy as well.
All i can say is that there are a lot of signers on it.

Anonymous said...

Come on now ! This has been tried before and alls it caused was trouble for the people that signed the petition! Like the family that was kicked out !

Anonymous said...

Maybe, but not everyone is afraid of Rober Putin Smith like before.He and Nieto have caused way to may problems for the PBMI and it is time to get them the hell out of leadership ASAP.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

If the Pala General Council acts petitions for investigation of the Pala EC for embezzlement and fraud like at Paskenta there might be some action. The FBI has had plenty of opportunity indict Smith and Nieto. Somehow a $400,000 contribution from Smith to the FBI retirement fund made it impossible to bring charges. Make the connections folks.

Smith just got a $100 million dollar loan approved by the NIGC with casino revenue as collateral which the PBMI will have to pay it back. Now he has sold Pala Interactive for $170 million after he got a $100 million dollar loan from the PBMI for the investment. This is $270 million dollars for Smith, $0 dollars for the PBMI.

No wonder why he can bribe anyone he wants to.

Anonymous said...

-As for the petition there is 350 signatures on the petition and they are being check by buy someone as of today.
As far as the $400,000 donated to the FBI fund should be investigated by someone, but by who?
Another petition that has been mailed to members not living on the Res is due back to the person that will verify the signatures and will certify the petition and attach it to the petition taken from the Reservation members and will send it certified mail to the Departments of the Government that should receive it.
Then we can all hope and pray that it will be enough for them to start the investigation as requested.

Anonymous said...

How bad is smith as a chairman of PBMI ?.
Rincon held the graduation party for students that are moving on with their goals to a better life.
But instead of honoring all the students with the eagle feathers, the list from Pala left out some of the students that have bloodline ties to their Reservation such as grandchildren
of Elders still living on the the reservation and students that have defended their community against acts from outside sources
and have respected the elders and members living in the reservation were left out of the important part of the tradition of receiving the reward for witch the party is intended for.
It was like the Pala group was there to be publicly made fun of. They should have received the traditional feathers like everyone else and they should have at least had their names mentioned instead of being ignored by the people that they have been raised to respect.I guess that that's part of the lessons being taught by the so called leaders of the PBMI.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post. These kids that work there asses off in school in hopes to obtain a better job going forward by staying in school and earning the credits they need to get the jobs that require a good school background.
The pala tribe always says that a good education is needed in today's world in order to survive but it sounds like bullshit to me.
The tribe invites these kids to take part in these gatherings
only to ignore them and make them feel stupid.
I hope that those that attended the party will not let the selfishness of the tribal leaders detour their education and that they prosper to the fullest of their ability.
This would have never happened back when Pala was run by leaders that cared for it members and those that lived on the reservation. I hope that the parents and the Grandparents of those that were ignored at the party signed the petition that asked for the FBI to investigate the smith and nieto, i know i did.

Anonymous said...

***Dictators Can Only Control the Ignorant and Uneducated***
This is why they do not like their people graduating and showing progress because progress is the enemy of any Dictator. They need to keep people down and unknowing in order to keep them under control. Dictators like dumb uncaring citizens that just do and believe what they are told and stay happy with the bare minimum they are given. Dictators do not care about truth or what’s right only what they need people to believe to stay in power and take the majority of the benefits for themselves and their families while the majority gets the bare minimum to keep them silent and in line. What’s even more sad than the fact all this is happening in Pala and has been for many years now is there are many members that don’t realize they are those people the Dictators like so much and believe their BS. They only hope and saving grace is there are also many members who see the truth and do try and speak out occasionally but are still too afraid to do what it takes to save Pala because of the power a Dictator has and has used before against his own people and they do not want to be next. Once the dictator is gone then the fight to set Pala on the right path begins.

Anonymous said...

The whole Rez is filled with pedophiles, rapists, drug dealers, and murderers. Why is it a shock that the chairman is a crook? Everyone who knows him from back in the day knows that he and his brother were serial rapists. But they're not unique. You all know it. Disgusting community that deserves every but of misery they've gotten over the last 10 years