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Gross & Klein LLP: Federal Jury Indicts Two Former Paskenta Tribe Employees on Embezzlement Charges

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NewsHubCORNING, Calif. , Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A federal grand jury has criminally charged John Crosby , his mother Ines Crosby , and her sister Leslie Lohse on 69 federal felony counts arising out of alleged embezzlement from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (the Tribe), while they were Tribal employees and, in Lohse’s case, an elected official in the Tribal government.
The charges are as follows:
If convicted on every count:
As detailed in the Tribe’s related civil federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) complaint filed in March 2015 in the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of California , against John Crosby , Ines Crosby , Leslie Lohse , and others, they and their co-conspirators used vicious and callous methods of intimidation and coercion to maintain access to the Tribe’s money, millions of which they stole in order to live a life of obscene luxury, while services to Tribal members went unfunded and Tribe members lived in fear of economic retaliation.
“The Tribe hails the decision by the grand jury to issue this indictment, which represents a significant step towards vindication and justice for the Tribe,” said Tribal Chairman Andrew Alejandre. “As alleged in the Tribe’s complaint, the harm caused by these persons to Tribe members was not limited to the millions they stole from the Tribe, which could have been used to improve the general welfare of Tribe members. These persons also abused and corrupted the Tribe’s institutions of government and terrorized its members, including elders who lived in fear of losing the income that they depended upon to meet basic needs and who, in some cases, had such income taken from them for speaking out, leaving them destitute.
“The Tribe’s success in removing these persons from power in 2014, after over a decade of abuse, was proof of the power of democracy and the resilience and determination of its members. This indictment is proof of the federal government’s ability and willingness to uphold justice on behalf of those members and others like them. The Tribe is very grateful for the work that led to this indictment and prays for the ultimate success of the government’s effort. ”
Stuart G. Gross of Gross & Klein LLP, who represents the Tribe in the civil RICO action commented, “This a great development. We look forward to the convictions. ”
The Tribe is represented in its civil RICO action, Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, et al. v. Ines Crosby , et al. , by Stuart G. Gross and Rachel Rivers , of Gross & Klein LLP., Andrew M. Purdy of the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc.
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