Ex-tribal officials plead not guilty to misappropriating funds

Bangor, Maine (AP) 4-08

Two former officials of the Passamaquoddy Tribe have pleaded not guilty to charges of misappropriating more than $1.7 million in federal funds earmarked for tribal programs.

Robert Newell, who served four years as governor at Indian Township, and James Parisi Jr., the tribe’s former business manager, appeared in U.S. District Court in Bangor to answer a 30-count indictment handed up last month.

Newell and Parisi were arraigned in back-to-back hearings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk, who set a tentative trial date of June 3.

Each defendant was released on $3,000 unsecured bond on condition that he have no contact with 40 individuals listed as potential prosecution witnesses.

 

 

0
0
0