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Former Tribal Chairman Files Appeal

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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) _ An appeal notice has been filed by the former chairman of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino who was convicted of embezzling tribal funds.

The Day of New London reports that Michael Thomas filed the notice last week in federal court in New Haven. One of his attorneys, Steven Rasile, declined to say if the appeal would involve the July verdicts or last month’s sentencing.

Thomas, former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots, was convicted of stealing about $100,000 from the tribe to pay for limousine service trips for his mother’s medical appointments and his own personal expenses.

He’s to begin serving an 18-month prison sentence Jan. 14.
Thomas’ trial attorney said he didn’t intend to hurt the tribe and had offered to repay the money.

A hearing to determine restitution is scheduled next week.
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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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