Friday, May 8, 2009

Mashpee Wampanoag Leader Sentenced To 3 1/2 Years

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Former Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Councilor Glenn Marshall was sentenced yesterday to 3 1/2 years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $383,000 from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, filing false tax returns, making illegal campaign contributions and fraudulently receiving $85,000 in Social Security benefits.

Federal Judge Rya Zobel said at the hearing, "I think that the defendant, Mr. Marshall, was motivated to do good things for the tribe, but he too was ultimately corrupted. While it may have started with the corruption of and by others, Mr. Marshall accepted the corrupt practices."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Mitchell told the judge, "The public should know that people in Mr. Marshall's position ... shouldn't be able to get away with these types of things."

Marshall was forced to resign from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal council in 2007 after lies about his military service and a prior rape conviction became public.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is located in Massachusetts.