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Tribe, US near deal on financial records

Miami, Florida (AP) August 2010

Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe and the U.S. government are nearing a deal in a dispute over disclosure of financial records in a tax investigation.

Justice Department and tribe lawyers said in a court filing that a confidential agreement has been reached but some issues remain to be worked out.

The deal comes after a federal judge rejected the tribe’s effort to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from obtaining its records. The IRS is looking into allegations of misuse of tribal funds, including credit card records of former Miccosukee chairman Billy Cypress.

The tribe claimed as a sovereign nation it didn’t have to comply with an IRS summons. But U.S. District Judge Alan Gold ruled Aug. 11 that the U.S. has greater sovereign power.




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