marksam40
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January 8th, 2013 at 8:05:11 AM permalink
Connecticut State Police say a group of people stole more than $90,000 from Foxwoods Resort Casino by fraudulently accessing the accounts of customers who were awarded free slot machine play.

The Day of New London reports ) that the accusations are detailed in an arrest warrant affidavit for 39-year-old J. Antonio Cifizzari of New Britain. He was charged Friday with first-degree larceny.

The affidavit says Foxwoods Security began investigating when a patron complained in September that $150 worth of bonus slot play had already been redeemed from her Foxwoods Rewards Account.

Cifizzari is being held in lieu of $125,500 at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution and has pleaded not guilty.

It was not known Tuesday morning if he is represented by a lawyer.

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January 8th, 2013 at 8:19:29 AM permalink
Speaking of Foxwoods, former tribal chairman Michael Thomas and his brother Steven Thomas, the current treasurer, have just been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing $800,000 from the tribe.
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January 8th, 2013 at 8:34:03 AM permalink
Quote: marksam40

Connecticut State Police say a group of people stole more than $90,000 from Foxwoods Resort Casino by fraudulently accessing the accounts of customers who were awarded free slot machine play.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/VMzPsz ) that the accusations are detailed in an arrest warrant affidavit for 39-year-old J. Antonio Cifizzari of New Britain. He was charged Friday with first-degree larceny.

The affidavit says Foxwoods Security began investigating when a patron complained in September that $150 worth of bonus slot play had already been redeemed from her Foxwoods Rewards Account.

Cifizzari is being held in lieu of $125,500 at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution and has pleaded not guilty.

It was not known Tuesday morning if he is represented by a lawyer.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/2013/01/08/state-police-say-foxwoods-free-slot-play-robbed/5VyAe1a5x5uRgYYksWhvBL/story.html



I'm curious where the tribal court's jurisdiction ends, and the State gets involved. Does the tribal court have any power to hear criminal matters?
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January 8th, 2013 at 8:41:49 AM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I'm curious where the tribal court's jurisdiction ends, and the State gets involved. Does the tribal court have any power to hear criminal matters?



From the reading I have done, any major crime involving a non-Indian perpetrator against an Indian victim would fall under Federal jurisdiction.

http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/jurisdiction.htm
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January 8th, 2013 at 8:53:21 AM permalink
Thanks Scot! Very interesting.
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January 8th, 2013 at 12:06:24 PM permalink
I was involved in a similar case (tribal casino, non-tribal perpetrator, theft of loyalty points) that was tried in the county court system. I don't think there was ever a question of federal jurisdiction.
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January 8th, 2013 at 12:53:19 PM permalink
Quote: MathExtremist

I was involved in a similar case (tribal casino, non-tribal perpetrator, theft of loyalty points) that was tried in the county court system. I don't think there was ever a question of federal jurisdiction.



I made the assumption that $90,000 qualified as a major crime, as defined by the Major Crimes Act. From what I have read on that, a major crime includes Larceny. There are also exceptions where agreements are in place that allow a state to handle some situations, instead of the federal government. The more important point though, is that it is not handled completely within the Tribal jurisdiction.

From the link I quoted:


* Please note that this general criminal jurisdiction chart does not apply to jurisdiction where Public Law 280, 18 U.S.C. 1162, or other relevant federal statutes, have conferred jurisdiction upon the state.
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July 5th, 2014 at 5:53:23 PM permalink
Jay Antonio Cifizzari is my father, just putting it out there because Ive never met him...
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July 5th, 2014 at 6:06:26 PM permalink
Quote: JenniferTheWolf

Jay Antonio Cifizzari is my father, just putting it out there because Ive never met him...



Hmmm I am speechless for once.
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July 5th, 2014 at 6:08:28 PM permalink
Quote: JenniferTheWolf

Jay Antonio Cifizzari is my father, just putting it out there because Ive never met him...



Why here, why now? Not sure if I can really offer a welcome since I just got here myself, but this is certainly an odd first post.
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