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Authorities say Fort Independence Tribe cheated out of $7M





Federal authorities arrested a California man for allegedly bilking the Fort Independence Tribe out of $7 million.

Gregory J. Chmielewski, 43, faces fraud and money-laundering charges. Authorities say he stole money from the tribe through a business staffing company.

The $7 million "was a big loss, he left us with a lot of bills," Vice Chairman Charles Pradt told The Sacramento Bee.

Chmielewski was arraigned yesterday.

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