Closing arguments planned in tribal theft trial

Closing arguments planned in federal theft trial of ex-chairman of Mashantucket Pequots

Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A federal jury will hear closing arguments before beginning deliberations in the trial of a former chairman of the tribe that owns Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Michael Thomas is accused of charging about $100,000 in personal expenses on a credit card issued by his Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Prosecutors say the charges included rides by a limousine service to doctor's appointments for his mother and television and satellite radio for himself.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday. Prosecutors rested Tuesday and Thomas' attorney called no witnesses.

A defense attorney, Paul Thomas, pointed out that nearly 90 percent of the expenses were for the rides for doctor's appointments for Thomas' dying mother.

An FBI agent testified Thomas admitted he used the credit card for personal expenses and knew that was prohibited.

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