Former leaders of Rolling Hills Casino indicted for embezzlement

A federal grand jury in Sacramento alleges in a 69-count indictment that three former officials of the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning embezzled over $6 million from the tribe and used it buy cars, gold coins, landscape their homes, pay credit card bills, and take international trips.

Former tribal economic development director John Crosby, his mother Ines Crosby the former tribal administrator, and her sister Leslie Lohse the former tribal treasurer, “engaged in a sweeping conspiracy to loot the tribal bank ­accounts, then lied to FBI agents investigating the matter,” according to the Sac­ramento Bee.

This comes after years of troubling matters involving the casino and the tribal government, including a court battle over control of the casino, an armed standoff at the casino, and a cyber attack that destroyed casino records.

Charges also include creating false documents in order to cover up the ­embezzlement, erasing information by remotely gaining access to casino computers, and making false statements to federal agents. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison.