3 feathers casino raid

3 feathers casino raid

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Framingham, MA

#1 Dec 18, 2012
What's up with all the tribals at 3 feathers casino
space invader

Massena, NY

#2 Dec 18, 2012
i only seen two cars thats not a raid dumdum

Since: Oct 12

United States

#3 Dec 18, 2012
there was almost 20 cars there at about 7:15 this morning
Luke Skywalker

New Kensington, PA

#4 Dec 18, 2012
GOOD! Hope they close them all down.
Red Barn

United States

#5 Dec 18, 2012
just a training exercise i heard
sun fun

Brewerton, NY

#6 Dec 18, 2012
They took all the computers from that location. So who ever gambled there and won anything expect a call from the IRS and ATF for money laundering and tax evasion. JS

United States

#7 Dec 18, 2012
It was going to happen sooner or later, expected it to happen while they were in operation not while they were shut down. Just some mohawk antis trying to compete with the tribe. Nothing but a joke.

Massena, NY

#9 Dec 18, 2012
Federal indictments for Tony Laughing Sr., Tom Square and William Roger Jock

Gilboa, NY

#10 Dec 18, 2012
What do you expect when most Natives think they are above the law.
stealing power

Bumpass, VA

#11 Dec 18, 2012
They were stealing power from National Grid. Hmmm
National Greed

Bumpass, VA

#12 Dec 18, 2012
A casino on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation is accused of stealing more than $200,000 worth of power from National Grid over the last two years.

Federal, state and local officials raided the Three Feathers Casino on Route 37 in Hogansburg on Tuesday.

The state's search warrant focused on a power pole which transports electricity to the casino, the ground transformer located outside the casino and the main power entrance located inside the building.

The feds had their own version of a warrant and details of their search were expected to be released soon.

According to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office, the state's warrant was executed as part of an ongoing larceny, criminal tampering and theft of services investigation.

The DA's office, state police and the St. Regis Tribal Police were involved in that probe.

The casino is alleged to have stolen more than $200,000 of electricity from National Grid over the past two years through the use of an unauthorized power connection.

No arrests have been made.

The property seized Tuesday is owned by National Grid.

Approximately 30 law enforcement officers were involved in the execution of the search warrants.

Approximately 22 tribal police officers assisted with security during the raid.

Massena, NY

#13 Dec 18, 2012
Federal indictments charge the men with unlawful possession of gaming devices and unlawful possession and transportation of a gaming device on Indian territory, nobody has been charged with the stolen electricity yet

Brighton, MA

#14 Dec 18, 2012
The Indians are at there illegal activity again. Just like ALLL the CASINOS OUT THERE.

Massena, NY

#15 Dec 19, 2012
too bad teewasn't picke up. it would have been nice to get rid of her in his town, indians suck

Massena, NY

#16 Dec 19, 2012
Too bad tee is stil around. Now Daddy won't be able to pay for her Burger King!!!

Ransomville, NY

#17 Dec 19, 2012
Who is laughing now tony. You scum should all do 20 years, but seeing how you are injuns, slap on the wrist.
The Watcher

Massena, NY

#18 Dec 12, 2013
HOGANSBURG — A federal court jury has acquitted three of five men accused of operating an unsanctioned casino on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

Following two days of deliberation in U.S. District Court, Albany, the jury ruled that William Roger Jock and Thomas Angus Square, both of Hogansburg, and Joseph Hight of Atlanta were not guilty of allegations that they illegally ran Three Feathers Casino on Route 37.

Charges against Hogansburg residents Anthony Laughing Sr. and James Gray remain pending in federal court. Mr. Laughing was a defendant when the trial began Nov. 5, according to court documents, but a mistrial was declared relative to him only on Nov. 18. Court documents indicate that Mr. Laughing’s “medical status” left him unable to continue with the trial. Mr. Gray remains a fugitive, according to court documents, and has yet to be arraigned on any charges.

The electronic bingo hall at 439 Route 37 was launched by the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne, or the Men’s Council of the People of the Way of the Longhouse. They are not associated with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, the only governing body on the reservation recognized by the state. They also say that they do not wish to be recognized by any state or federal government.

Potsdam, NY

#19 Dec 13, 2013
indians get off free again. No wonder they are criminals. they get away with it!
The Watcher

Massena, NY

#20 Dec 13, 2013
Attorneys for William Roger Jock, Thomas Angus Square, known as "Salt," and Joseph Hight said their clients were trying to inject life in the area, which they described as economically depressed.

After deliberating over two days, jurors delivered their verdicts Thursday afternoon: Not guilty on charges of running an illegal gambling casino and transporting illegal gambling devices on Indian land.

Jock and Square are members of what lawyers identified as the People of the Way of the Long House tribe. Hight, of Georgia, supplied gambling machines.

"We are tremendously relieved," Lawrence Elmen, the lawyer for Jock, said. "From the very beginning his intention was to help his people and the intention of the Long House was to create some economic opportunity in a part of New York that has none. And the jury understood that."

During the trial, Jock and Square wore Gustaweh headdresses with feathers. The men were identified as tribally elected representatives of two of the three clans within the People of the Way of the Long House.

Hight's attorney, Michael McDermott, said the defendants relied on the opinion of a lawyer before opening Three Feathers.

"His opinion was that they were in their rights to do it. They relied on that, they invested their blood, sweat and tears in building this casino to try to help the economy on the reservation and I think the jury appreciated that," McDermott said. He said his client "feels vindicated. He did nothing wrong."
secret agent man

Farmington, CT

#21 Dec 16, 2013
Leave your racism in the trailer park or anywhere in Massena. There were white people working there too. It was a failed attempt to shame the st Regis Mohawk tribal govt that they could help improve the economy. I applaud them for their efforts although I give no respect to them individually.
Now saying that maybe it was illegal in the eyes of the state. Mohawks don't deal w the state. They are protected by the federal govt.
As far as not paying taxes...everyday they do. Shop off the reserve...pay taxes. They don't pay the exact same as non natives getting smokes and gas on the rest.
The kicker is natives rarely file state returns to get some of those taxes back.

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