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11/20/08 - Tribal leaders accused of smoke-shop tax scam


Leaders of the Stillaguamish Indian Tribe lived in luxury for four years while Washington residents were cheated out of more than $25 million that should have been collected as state tax on cigarettes, according to a federal court indictment.

Edward Goodridge Sr., his wife, Linda, and their son, Eddie Goodridge Jr., are accused of making at least $55 million between March of 2003 and May of 2007 by selling tax-free cigarettes at their Blue Stilly Smoke Shop. The elder Goodridge is former chairman of the Stillaguamish Indian Tribe. Eddie Goodridge is the tribe's executive director.