Tribe investigates misappropriation of funds


REDDING, Calif. - The Nomlaki Indian Tribe, also owners of Rolling Hills Casino, have suspended tribal members under investigation for embezzling more than $1 million.

Chairman Andy Freeman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, owner of Rolling Hills Casino in Corning said the theft and misappropriation of tribal funds were carried out by certain members of the Henthorne/Pata family.

The Henthorne/Pata family was suspended by a quorum of the Tribe's General Council on April 12.

Chairman Freeman and other administrators met with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, Tehama County District Attorney, Corning Police Department and other officials to review the findings.

The suspended members held positions in the Tribe's government and business operations, which gave them access to tribal accounts.

The investigation is now in the Tehama County Sheriff's Office's hands.

"Now that law enforcement is involved," Freeman said, "we are going to allow the legal process to work while we focus on the health of the Paskenta Bank of Nomlaki Indians and its businesses."

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