United States: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Indicted for Bribery Scheme Involving $1B Casino Plan

The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the owner of an Rhode Island architecture firm have been indicted in connection with a bribery scheme involving plans to build a $1 billion resort and casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Cedric Cromwell, 55, of Attleboro, the tribal council chairman, was indicted on two counts of accepting or paying bribes as an agent of an Indian tribal government and one count of conspiring to commit extortion. David DeQuattro, 54, of Warwick, Rhode Island, owner of RGB Architects, faces the same three charges.

According to the indictment, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Gaming Authority, headed by Cromwell, contracted with RGB Architects, an architecture and design company owned by DeQuattro, in connection with the tribe’s plans to build the First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton. Between 2014 and 2017, the architecture firm allegedly provided Cromwell with payments and in-kind benefits valued at over $57,000. In exchange, the architecture firm was paid almost $5 million under its contract with the gaming authority.

The article has been summarised and the original article can be found at nbcboston.com

 

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