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Tribe Rehires Casino Manager After Accusing Him of Fraud in ’06

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The Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council has rehired its casino manager who held the post from 1994 to 2006, when he was fired and accused of fraud and abuse of tribal property, reported Seattle Pi.

Dave Matheson will assume the chief executive officer position at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, which employees 1,200 people—the largest workforce in the Northern Idaho region. The resort recently underwent a multi-million dollar expansion, adding two new hotel wings, an upscale restaurant, bar and spa.

When Matheson was ousted five years ago, the tribal government filed a lawsuit accusing him of paying a former employee a $684,000 severance package under the table, reported Seattle Pi. At the time, Matheson contended his firing was politically motivated.

On August 8, 2011, the tribe's news release stated the "issues that surrounded Dave’s prior departure were ultimately resolved outside of litigation." It also noted that Matheson "was the most qualified candidate interviewed" and that "the time was right" to offer him another chance.

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“I appreciate the vote of confidence in my abilities to lead the casino,” Dave Matheson said in a statement. “I am grateful the Tribal Council has given me another opportunity, and I look forward to being a part of the gaming operation again as we continue to grow and meet new challenges in the future.”

Prior to his recent selection as CEO, Matheson served as a consultant to other tribes and tribal businesses across the country. Elected to the tribal council in 2007, he finished his term last year. Matheson earned his masters in business administration from the University of Washington.