- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The former treasurer for the tribe that owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino is facing sentencing for theft.

Steven Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New Haven. Thomas pleaded guilty last year to theft from an Indian tribal organization, admitting to misapplying $177,603 for his personal benefit by falsifying time cards.

His attorney, Richard Reeve, said the charge was related to pay cards he submitted inflating the hours he worked in 2007 when he was assistant director of the tribe’s natural resources department.

Under the plea agreement, Thomas must pay try the tribe $177,603 in restitution. Sentencing guidelines call for 12 to 18 months in prison.

His brother, former tribal chairman Michael Thomas, is serving an 18-month prison sentence for embezzling about $100,000.

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