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Former Soboba tribal chairman pleads guilty to accpeting bribes, failing to report income

October 5, 2010 |  4:23 pm

A former chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday to accepting nearly $875,000 in bribes, authorities said.

Robert Salgado Sr., 65, pleaded guilty to two charges -- bribery and filing a false tax return by concealing income from the federal government, the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles said.

In a plea agreement, Salgado admitted taking $874,995 from five vendors who were seeking to keep contracts with the Soboba Band for food concessions, construction projects and other services, prosecutors said.

Salgado also admitted filing a 2001 income tax return that failed to report his full income and inaccurately reporting income for tax years from 2002 to 2006.

-- Robert J. Lopez