Former Pechanga casino executive indicted over theft

A former gaming executive for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians of California has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $4 million from the tribe.

James William Riley, 46, was the chief financial officer of the Pechanga Resort & Casino. When he left the casino to work for the tribal government in a similar position, another executive encountered questionable financial transactions.

Riley allegedly allowed insurance broker Ryan Jay Robinson, 39, to charge the tribe higher premiums. Riley allegedly pocketed a $100,000 kickback from Robinson.

"We uncovered evidence of fraud and theft against the Pechanga Tribe and immediately launched a detailed internal investigation," Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro said in a written statement. "Our investigation found millions of dollars were stolen. It is our understanding that no patrons, employees or business partners were affected by the inappropriate activities of these individuals."

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