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Sokaogon Chippewa Community of the Mole Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Wisconsin

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A former chairman of the band has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing from the tribe's gaming business. Arlyn Ackley, 49, was ordered to pay $38,715 in restitution and serve three years of supervised released after his incarceration. "It must be clear that tribal leaders, like all leaders, are accountable to the people," U.S. District Judge Charles N. Clevert said April 4. A jury convicted Ackley in October of conspiracy to embezzle money and two counts of keeping money belonging to the Sokaogon Gaming Enterprise Corp. But Clevert later overturned the conspiracy charge. Ackley was chairman from 1993 until he was ousted in 1998. The indictment said Ackley would get the gaming corporation, the tribal subsidiary that ran two casinos in Crandon, to advance travel expenses, then use a tribal credit card to charge the same expenses to the corporation. Many of his trips were taken with Richard DuWayne Derickson, tribal planner, sentenced in April 1999 to three years in prison for using his position to steal more than $370,000 from the gaming enterprise corporation. Supporters said Ackley worked hard on behalf of the tribe. He had argued his case should be under tribal, not federal, jurisdiction.