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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has developer been sentenced in scheme to defraud United Auburn Indian Community?

Q: Has Bart Volen been sentenced yet?

Robinson, San Diego

A: Bart Wayne Volen, one of three men accused of participating in a scheme to defraud the United Auburn Indian Community, still awaits sentencing in federal court in Sacramento.

According to court records available online, his sentencing is set for Aug. 4.

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. He 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.

His co-defendants, Gregory Scott Baker of Newcastle and Darrell Patrick Hinz of Cameron Park, also have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme. Both 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. They were indicted for engaging in conduct to ensure that the tribal council would pay for the inflated and fraudulent invoices Volen submitted.

According to online court records, Baker’s sentencing has been continued to May 26, and Hinz’s sentencing has been continued to June 16.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy