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Trial: Billie oversaw tribal theft
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2002

The trial of three former workers for the Seminole Tribe of Florida opened in federal court on Monday.

The three are alleged to have been close associates of former tribal chairman Jim Billie. Federal prosecutors allege he oversaw the embezzlement of $2.77 million in tribal funds.

Billie was not indicted and a defense lawyer for one of the three said he is the real target of the federal government, not the employees.

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Trial opens with focus on Billie (The St. Petersburg Times 12/3)
Seminole theft case trial gets under way (The South FLorida Sun-Sentinel 12/3)
Trio on trial for cheating Seminoles (The Miami Herald 12/3)

Relevant Links:
Seminole Tribe - http://www.seminoletribe.com

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