Native American tribe says former chief stole $26 MILLION to spend on jewelry, cars, houses and gambling trips
An Indian tribe in Florida says its former chief worked for years to siphon off $26 million in tribal money for his own personal use. A federal lawsuit filed by the Miccosukee Tribe of Miami-Dade County says Billy Cypress used the cash to buy expensive jewelry, luxury cars, upscale homes and pricy gambling trips.
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article Native American tribe says former chief stole $26 MILLION to spend on jewelry, cars, houses and gambling trips
(Florida) -- An Indian tribe in Florida says its former chief worked for years to siphon off $26 million in tribal money for his own personal use. A federal lawsuit...
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