- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami federal judge has set a Dec. 15 hearing for the Miccosukee Indian tribe chairman to explain why he hasn’t turned over tax documents to the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS has been attempting for months to obtain the records from Colley Billie. The hearing is to determine whether Billie should be held in contempt of court if the records are not turned over as previously ordered.

The Miccosukees have for years resisted IRS efforts to investigate whether it is failing to report and withhold federal income tax on money it distributes to members. The Everglades-based tribe operates a profitable casino in western Miami-Dade County.

Officials say bank records indicate the tribe failed to report some $300 million in income over several tax years.


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