Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sues former chair convicted of bribery in Massachusetts casino effort

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sues former chair convicted of bribery in Massachusetts casino effort

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  • David Linton, The Sun Chronicle
December 10, 2023 4:41 PM
  • David Linton, The Sun Chronicle

A Native American tribe has filed a civil lawsuit against a city man who was convicted of taking bribes as he led the tribe in efforts to build a casino in Taunton.

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The Cape Cod-based Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeking $500,000 in damages from Cedric Cromwell, accusing him of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Cromwell was convicted in federal court in 2022 and sentenced to three years in prison. He was also ordered to pay almost $210,000 in restitution and fined $25,000. Cromwell is free pending appeal.

He was found guilty of accepting exercise equipment, a luxury hotel stay in Boston and other bribes from an architectural firm working with the tribe on the Taunton casino project.