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Plea Deal Possible In Tribe Theft Case

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New Haven Federal Court. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

New Haven Federal Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The treasurer of the tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino is exploring the possibility of a plea agreement as he faces trial on charges that he stole more than $700,000 from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

A motion filed on behalf of Steven Thomas says his attorney and federal prosecutors are discussing whether “any alternatives exist in this case short of trial that might be acceptable to both parties.”

The motion sought to push back the trial’s November starting date.

Thomas is accused of stealing more than $700,000 between 2005 and 2008, when he was assistant director of the tribe’s natural resources department. He has pleaded not guilty.

The defendant’s brother, former tribal chairman Michael Thomas, was convicted in July on charges that he embezzled $100,000 from the tribe.

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