When is the trial date or next court appearance for three men arrested and arraigned on charges related to the United Auburn Indian Community construction fraud?
– Kay, Mokelumne Hill
A jury trial for three men accused of stealing more than $18 million from the United Auburn Indian Community, which owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, is set for Oct. 20 in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, according to online court records. A trial confirmation hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25.
Bart Wayne Volen of San Diego and Hawaii, Greg Scott Baker of Newcastle and Darrell Patrick Hinz of Cameron Park were indicted in August 2012 on charges of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, and money laundering. A superseding indictment in April 2013 added charges of filing false tax returns.
According to the indictment, Volen, a general contractor and developer, was hired to finish construction on a school, community center and administrative offices on property owned by the United Auburn Indian Community on Indian Hill Road in Auburn. He allegedly submitted false and inflated invoices, supported with inflated cost proposals from his general contractor’s company, SPB, and, at times, inflated invoices from various subcontractors.
Baker and Hinz 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 indictment alleges that Baker and Hinz 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 their participation in the scheme.