Ex-Tribal Official Pleads Not Guilty

Updated 7 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The former finance director of the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe has pleaded not guilty to stealing $20,000 from the Maine tribe.

Charles Fourcloud was ordered detained at his arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor on charges of theft from an Indian tribal government and three counts of embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization.

Fourcloud, who has multiple aliases, is charged with stealing $20,052 from the Passamaquoddy Tribe by submitting false expense claims with fake supporting documentation, mostly for travel and moving expenses. He was subsequently fired.

The Portland Press Herald reports that his court-appointed attorney refused comment.

Authorities say Fourcloud’s real name is Arlynn Knudsen, and he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in 1998 after pleading guilty to embezzling from Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald,


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