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Former Soboba tribe leader sentenced in bribe case

April 18, 2011 |  4:49 pm

A former chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians was sentenced Monday to 41 months in federal prison for taking about $875,000 in bribes from tribal vendors, authorities said.

Robert Salgado, 68, was also sentenced for hiding his income from the Internal Revenue Service and was ordered to pay back $226,187 to the agency, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.

Salgado admitted in a plea agreement that he failed to accurately report his income from 2002 through 2006, authorities said.  He was charged with taking bribes from vendors, including those who received construction contracts and operated valet parking at the Soboba Casino.

Salgado is scheduled to be sentenced June 6.


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