Formal Tribal Chairman Sentenced

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The former chairman of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from the tribe.
U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton said Tuesday Michael Thomas, former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots, committed a serious offense.  She says he used tribal money for luxuries he couldn’t afford.

But Arterton cited Thomas’ good deeds in imposing a sentence below guidelines that called for about two years.

Thomas says he accepts responsibility for his actions and inactions.

He was convicted in July of theft from the tribe to pay for limousine service trips for his mother’s medical appointments and satellite radio, cable TV and other personal expenses for himself.

Defense lawyer Paul Thomas says Thomas intended to reimburse the personal expenses.

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