Tribe's business deal questioned
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JUNE 19, 2001

Officials from the Seminole Tribe of Florida are trying to figure out how much tribal money was apparently used by suspended Chief Jim Billie to purchase a hotel in Nicaragua.

Billie in April told the tribe he and his administrator Tim Cox bought a hotel of their own accord. They said they would share the profits with the tribe, at no cost.

But documents suggest a more direct link to the tribe. Billie may have used $3.5 million in tribal funds to make the tribe the hidden owners of the hotel.

Billie was suspended indefinitely by the council last month.

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