NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The former treasurer for the tribe that owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino is asking to be spared prison time for theft, saying he reformed himself after the sudden wealth of his tribe led to a false sense of entitlement.
Steven Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for theft from an Indian tribal organization, admitting to misapplying $177,603 for his personal benefit by falsifying time cards. His attorney, Richard Reeve, said the charge was related to pay cards he submitted inflating the hours he worked in 2007 when he was assistant director of the tribe's natural resources department.
Reeve says Thomas is remorseful and helped the tribe make difficult financial decisions.
Prosecutors said they don't object to a sentence below advisory guidelines of 12 to 18 months.
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