U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby says the charges against 64-year-old Robert Newell of Princeton include conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, misapplying funds and making false statements. Newell served as governor of the Indian Township reservation from September 2002 to September 2006.
Also charged as a co-conspirator in 21 counts is 45-year-old James Parisi Jr. of Portland. According to the indictment, Parisi was finance director at Indian Township from 2003 to 2006.
Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of either five or 10 years in prison.
A variety of federal agencies were involved in the investigation including the Department of Interior, Department of Justice, Department of Health &: Human Services and Department of Housing &: Urban Development