- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Another former Winnebago Tribal Council member has pleaded guilty to his role in stealing from the tribe’s casino in Iowa.

The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2qRPiia ) that 70-year-old Louis Houghton entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. His sentencing is set for Aug. 14.

Houghton is one of nine former council members accused of a conspiracy to siphon more than $327,000 from the WinneVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. Seventy-one-year-old Lawrence Payer pleaded guilty earlier this month to the same charge: theft from a gaming establishment on Indian lands.

Prosecutors have recommended that Houghton also be sentenced to five years of probation and be ordered to repay any money he illegally obtained from the casino.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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