February 1, 2015
A building contractor from San Diego faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding a casino-operating Indian tribe in Northern California of more than $17 million through a kickback scheme.
Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Bart Wayne Volen acknowledged during a court hearing Thursday to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiring to launder money as well as filing a false tax return.
Volen, who also has a home in Haiku, Hawaii, was charged in the construction-fraud case along with two former employees of the United Auburn Indian Community.
The tribe operates Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, a suburb of Sacramento.
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