Q: What is the status of the fraud prosecution against former United Auburn Indian Community tribal administrator Greg Baker?
A: Greg Scott Baker and co-defendant Darrell Patrick Hinz are still awaiting trial in federal court in Sacramento for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud the United Auburn Indian Community of more than $17 million.
According to online court records, a trial confirmation hearing in the case is now set for Jan. 28, 2016.
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A third defendant, Bart Wayne Volen, of San Diego and Hawaii, pleaded guilty in June 2014 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiring to launder monetary instruments and filing a false tax return. In pleading guilty, he admitted to defrauding the United Auburn Indian Community of more than $17 million. He has not been sentenced. According to online court records, a status conference to set a sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 28, 2016.
Volen was hired as a developer by the United Auburn Indian Community in October 2006 to finish construction of four tribal buildings – a school, a community center and two administrative offices – on property on Indian Hill Road in Auburn. Between October 2006 and November 2007, he regularly submitted false and inflated invoices, supported with inflated cost proposals from his general contractor’s company, and at times, inflated invoices from various subcontractors.
Baker, of Newcastle, and Hinz, of Cameron Park, were United Auburn Indian Community employees. Baker was tribal administrator overseeing the Indian Hill office project, and Hinz was a contract employee hired to manage quality control and construction at the project site. The federal indictment alleges that they engaged in conduct to ensure that the tribal council would pay for the inflated and fraudulent invoices Volen submitted. They allegedly knew what Volen was doing and were paid by Volen for participating in scheme.
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