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Indicted tribal chairman placed on leave

November 3, 2009 |  5:42 pm

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians placed its chairman, Robert Salgado, on administrative leave Tuesday, aday after he pleaded not guilty to 36 counts of bribery in a Los Angeles courtroom.

The tribal council, meeting in closed session, said Salgado would be on leave until the charges against him are resolved.

The council also said he was not authorized to “conduct business or represent the tribe in any capacity” although he is still chairman. Salgado, 67, was arrested by FBI agents last week on suspicion of accepting more than $250,000 in bribes from vendors doing business with the reservation near San Jacinto.

He was also charged with hiding his income from the Internal Revenue Service.

--David Kelly in Riverside County