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Ex-Tribal Treasurer Spared Prison For Theft

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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) _ A judge has spared the former treasurer for the tribe that owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino from prison time for theft, saying she was impressed by his reform before the investigation.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton sentenced Steven Thomas on Wednesday to three months of home confinement. Thomas admitted misapplying $177,603 for his personal benefit by falsifying time cards in 2007 when he was assistant director of the tribe’s natural resources department.

Thomas had asked to be spared prison, saying he reformed himself and helped the tribe make difficult financial decisions.

Prosecutors didn’t object to a sentence below the advisory guidelines of 12 to 18 months. Thomas must pay the tribe $177,603 in restitution.

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