Feds Bluffing On Casino Bribes To Tribal Chair, Donor Says

Law360 (January 19, 2021, 5:48 PM EST) -- The owner of an architecture and design company asked a judge Tuesday to dismiss charges that he funneled bribes to the former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in connection with a casino project, arguing the government lacks proof of a quid pro quo.

Prosecutors claim David DeQuattro paid bribes to Cedric Cromwell, the tribe's former head. In exchange, DeQuattro's firm allegedly received nearly $5 million under its contract with the tribe's gaming authority, which Cromwell led.

But DeQuattro argued Tuesday that the charges do not specify that any payments influenced Cromwell in his official role in any way, much less...

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