The former Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the proprietor of an architecture-and-design agency in Rhode Island have been convicted by a federal jury in reference to bribery involving the Tribe’s plans to construct a casino-hotel in Taunton, Mass., the federal authorities mentioned May 5.
The Mashpee Wampanoags have been in search of to construct a $1 billion on line casino in East Taunton, which might have three accommodations and be residence to about 3,000 slot machines. It’s unclear when the on line casino can be constructed.
Former Chairman Cedric Cromwell, 55, was convicted following a 10-day jury trial of two counts of accepting bribes as an agent of an Indian tribal authorities, three counts of extortion beneath coloration of official proper, and one depend of conspiring to commit extortion.
Cromwell faces 4 remaining costs of submitting a false tax return. David DeQuattro, 54, was convicted of 1 depend of paying a bribe to an agent of an Indian tribal authorities.
Sentencing is ready for Sept. 9, 2022.
The jury acquitted each defendants of 1 depend of conspiracy to commit federal packages bribery. DeQuattro was additionally discovered not responsible on one depend of bribery regarding packages receiving federal funds and Cromwell was discovered not responsible on one depend of extortion.
Cromwell was the Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and President of the Tribe’s Gaming Authority. DeQuattro’s architecture-and-design firm signed a contract to function the Gaming Authority’s proprietor’s consultant for the First Light Resort and Casino.
Cromwell was discovered responsible of accepting three bribes from DeQuattro in trade for an settlement to guard DeQuattro’s agency’s contract: $10,000 in November 2015, a Bowflex Revolution residence gymnasium in August 2016, and a weekend keep at a Boston resort in May 2017.
“No one is above the law. That rings true today, loudly and clearly,” mentioned United States Attorney Rachael Rollins. “Mr. Cromwell and Mr. DeQuattro entered into a business arrangement that was fueled by bribery for their own selfish and unlawful gain. In doing so, Mr. Cromwell exploited his position and the trust placed in him by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Today’s guilty verdict makes clear that the jury saw this case for what it is – a textbook example of public corruption.”
The authorities referred to as it a “quid pro quo scheme.”