CORNING, Calif., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chairman Andy Freeman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, owners of Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, CA, announced that state and federal officials are investigating the theft and serious misappropriation of tribal funds by members of the Henthorne/Pata family who were suspended by a quorum of the Tribe's General Council at its annual meeting on April 12, 2014.
Chairman Freeman and members of the Tribal administration recently met with the Tehama County Sheriff's Department, Tehama County District Attorney, Corning Police Department, and other local and federal officials to review the initial findings. The investigation has been referred to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office. The Tribe has also engaged a forensic accounting firm to review all tribal financial records in cooperation with the Tehama County Sheriff's and District Attorney's Office.
The suspended members held positions in the Tribe's government and business operations which gave them access to the accounts holding the Tribe's assets. "Now that law enforcement is involved, we are going to allow the legal process to work while we focus on the health of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and its businesses," said Chairman Freeman.
Chairman Freeman stated, "The Tribe's General Council has taken decisive actions against those who have stolen and misappropriated tribal assets and will pursue all legal avenues for restitution."
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