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Tribal members cited for misappropriation of gaming revenues; St. Croix Chippewa

Federal investigators have cited members of the St. Croix Band of Chippewa with 527 violations of federal tribal gaming laws, according to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio and evidence gathered by officials with the National Indian Gaming Commission.

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10/22/2020

article Cumberland man charged with embezzling from casino
(Wisconsin) -- Leva Oustigoff Jr., 58, Cumberland has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, charged with eight counts of embezzling...

10/21/2020

article Turtle Lake casino employee charged with embezzlement
(Wisconsin) -- An employee of the casino in Turtle Lake faces federal charges of embezzlement. Leva Oustigoff Jr., Cumberland was indicted by a federal grand jury in...

9/20/2020

article County officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at western Wisconsin casino
(Wisconsin) -- Health officials in Barron County, Wisconsin are warning people who visited a casino this week to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. The health...

9/19/2020

article Potential exposure to COVID-19 occured at casino
(Wisconsin) -- Barron County Public Health is alerting community members who may have been at risk for exposure to COVID-19. The potential exposure happened at St. Croix...

8/27/2020

article Notice of Settlement Agreement with St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman E. Sequoyah Simermeyer and the St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin have settled a Civil Fine Assessment entered...

6/25/2020

article 'What will happen to our tribe in 50 years?'
(Wisconsin) -- A protest has been organized and will continue in Hertel over the acceptance of descendants of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. They are...

5/4/2020

article One of Michigan's Casinos is Opening Up This Week
(Michigan) -- According to MLive.com, the Island Resort and Casino, in Harris, MI (west of Escanaba on U.S. 2) is starting a phased re-opening starting Wednesday May 6th...
article Drive-thru COVID-19 testing begins in Turtle Lake
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Campground, just east of the casino at 122 Tamarack St., Turtle Lake, is one of 10 regional sites offering free COVOD-19...

4/16/2020

article 11 individuals charged with taking Tribal casino funds, includes former Tribal Council members
(Wisconsin) -- Former St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Tribal Council Members Stuart Bearheart, Carmen Bugg, Elmer “Jay” Emery, Crystal Peterson, and...
article 11 individuals charged with taking Tribal casino funds, includes former Tribal Council members
(Wisconsin) -- Former St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Tribal Council Members Stuart Bearheart, Carmen Bugg, Elmer “Jay” Emery, Crystal Peterson, and...

7/21/2019

article Wisconsin neighbors help neighbors clear storm mess
(Wisconsin) -- Carol O’Connor and Tina Simmons were floating calmly on Loon Lake in northwestern Wisconsin when they heard a distant rumbling noise and saw...

6/18/2019

article St. Croix RiverFest announces Native American programming on July 20
(Minnesota) -- RiverFest Native American events will be take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lakefront Park on July 20. The Saturday morning program features Paul Ninham...

6/13/2019

article St. Croix tribe elects new council members
(Wisconsin) -- Four new council members were elected by members of the St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa in their election Saturday June 8, according to the unofficial vote...

5/17/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa leaders were warned about 'criminal' misuse of gambling money years before feds took action
(Wisconsin) -- Nine years before federal officials charged that St. Croix Chippewa leaders misappropriated at least $1.5 million, a Madison lawyer warned tribal leaders...

5/16/2019

article Tribe faces fine of over $5 million for embezzling
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Chippewa Indians Tribe is being fined $5.5 million after the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) for embezzling $1.5 million of gaming...

5/15/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa hit with $5.5m fine from misuse of gaming funds
(Wisconsin) -- $5.5 million dollars would seem like a hefty fine to most, but it is just a slice of the $27,718,092 the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin were...
article Tribe fined $5 million for misuse of funds
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Band of Chippewa Indians, operators of St. Croix Casino at Turtle Lake, have been fined $5.5 million by the National Indian Gaming...

5/14/2019

article Wisconsin tribe fined $5.5M for embezzling from casino
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin tribe accused of pocketing at least $1.5 million in casino funds has been fined more than $5 million. Federal gaming regulators said St. Croix...

5/13/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa tribe is facing $5.5 million for pocketing and misappropriating $1.5 million
(Wisconsin) -- The impoverished St. Croix Chippewa tribe is being fined $5.5 million because some of its leaders pocketed or misappropriated more than $1.5 million in...
article St. Croix Tribe Hit With $5.5M Fine For Misuse Of Gaming Revenues
(Wisconsin) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission, NIGC, has issued a $5.5 million fine to the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. The commission alleges tribal...
article Western Wisconsin tribe could face $5.5M fines over casino embezzling accusations
(Wisconsin) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission has proposed fining the St. Croix Chippewa $5.5 million over accusations that the Wisconsin tribe’s leaders...

5/2/2019

article St. Croix Tribe Benefits from Crex Tree Harvest
(Wisconsin) -- Recent visitors to Crew Meadows Wildlife Area have noticed large stacks of cut logs placed along East Refuge Road. DNR area supervisor Steve Hoffman said...

4/27/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa Tribe Allegedly Paid Marijuana Consultant Who Had Spent Decade in Prison
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin allegedly used casino funds to pay over $301,000 to Lawrence Larsen between 2015 and 2017 for consulting services on...

4/25/2019

article St. Croix tribe accused of embezzling over $1 million
(Wisconsin) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) sent the St. Croix Chippewa Indians a notice of violation earlier this month. The notice outlines over 500...

4/24/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa's hemp consultant did prison time for drug dealing before big casino payout
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Chippewa tribe paid a hemp consultant who did a decade in prison on drug charges more than $300,000 and also paid for his flights to Hawaii...
article Tribal members cited for misappropriation of gaming revenues; St. Croix Chippewa
(Wisconsin) -- Federal investigators have cited members of the St. Croix Band of Chippewa with 527 violations of federal tribal gaming laws, according to a report from...

4/23/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa accused of misusing $1.5M from casino's gaming revenue
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...

4/22/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa Accused of Embezzling
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...
article St. Croix Chippewa Indian Tribe of Wisconsin accused of embezzling $1.5M from casino
(Wisconsin) -- According to federal regulators, tribal leaders of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin pocketed a minimum of $1.5 million in casino funds or used...
article St. Croix Chippewa Tribe accused of numerous violations of gaming laws
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Chippewa Indians are facing millions of dollars in fines and penalties for allegedly violating gaming laws at the tribe's casinos in...
article Tribal officials charged with misappropriation of funds
(Wisconsin) -- Federal investigators have cited members of the St. Croix Band of Chippewa with 527 violations of federal tribal gaming laws, according to a report from...

4/21/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa Indians May Face Federal Inquiry after Allegations Involving $1.5M of Casino Funds
(Wisconsin) -- St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin risk paying up to $27 million in fines after audits claim more than $1.5 million of tribal casino money was...

4/20/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa Accused Of Embezzling $1.5M From Casino's Gaming Revenue
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...

4/19/2019

article St. Croix Chippewa misspent at least $1.5 million in casino cash, regulators say
(Wisconsin) -- At least $1.5 million in casino funds were pocketed by St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders, or used for a variety of expenses including trips to Hawaii and...
article Wisconsin tribe accused of embezzling $1.5M from casino
(Wisconsin) -- Federal gaming regulators are accusing St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders of pocketing at least $1.5 million in casino funds with little or no...

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