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Prosecutors Seek Jail For Conn. Ex-Tribal Leader

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The view from the observation tower overlooking Foxwoods casino area at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

The view from the observation tower overlooking Foxwoods casino area at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The former chairman of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino is facing sentencing for embezzling more than $100,000 from the tribe.

Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence Michael Thomas, former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots, to around 2 1/2 years in prison and to repay the tribe $123,319.

Thomas 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.

Thomas is to be sentenced Tuesday in New Haven.

Defense lawyer Paul Thomas said probation, home confinement and community service would satisfy legal requirements. He said Thomas did not reimburse the personal expenses but had done so in the past and intended to do so in the future.

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