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Former Winnebago Tribal Council member enters plea deal in scheme to steal from casino

Former Winnebago Tribal Council member enters plea deal in scheme to steal from casino

A former tribal council member for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is admitting guilt in a scheme to steal from the WinnaVegas Casino Resort.

The Lincoln Journal- Star reports that Lawrence Payer accepted a plea deal from Federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to a single charge of "misapplying funds belonging to an Indian gaming establishment."

Payer is one of nine former council members charged in 2015 with conspiracy to take more than $325,000 dollars from WinnaVegas.

A hearing on whether the court will accept or reject that plea has not yet been set.

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