On the tribe’s dime

Members of local Native American tribe charged with embezzling millions

Three members of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, which operates Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, were recently charged with embezzling an estimated $6 million.

The defendants—John Crosby, 53, of Redding; Ines Crosby, 73, of Orland; and Leslie Lohse, 62, of Glenn County—were employees of the tribe, according to a press release from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. They allegedly used tribal funds for personal expenses and concealed the embezzlement with a false line of credit and by remotely accessing the tribe’s computers to destroy evidence.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI. Each defendant faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.