- By Tribal Business News Staff
A special prosecutor last week charged a former tribal attorney with embezzling $513,000 in funds from an Arkansas casino owned by the Quapaw Nation.
Former Quapaw Nation Attorney Jack N. Brill, II, a resident of Neosho, Missouri was charged with five criminal offenses in a complaint filed with the Quapaw Nation’s Tribal Court by special prosecutor Douglas Dry.
Brill allegedly embezzled more than a half-a-million dollars from the tribe’s Saracen Casino Resort between March and June 2020 by disguising it as bonus compensation. He also attempted to embezzle another $128,000 in July 2020, according to the court filing.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Brill conspired to funnel $2.3 million to himself and several tribal officials, including the former chairman and secretary/treasurer of the tribe, as well as its CFO and the general manager of the Downstream Casino resort.
The Quapaw Nation previously filed charges against the other tribal officials, including John L. Berrey, the former chairman of the Quapaw Business Committee, in April 2021.
A spokesperson for the casino provided a statement to a local media outlet that said, “These charges are an extension of the original charges filed in Quapaw Nation Tribal Court in 2021. All of the parties mentioned are no longer associated with Saracen or the leadership of the Quapaw Nation.”