Former Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Found Guilty Of Extortion

Cedric Cromwell, the former Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman, has been convicted on extortion and bribery charges.

Law 360 reports that a federal jury in Boston found Cromwell and his co-defendant, David DeQuattro - an architect from Rhode Island, guilty on all charges except for just one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

The pair were originally charged back in November of 2020 in connection with a bribery scheme involving the tribe’s plans to build a resort and casino in Taunton.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Cromwell took nearly $60,000 in bribes from DeQuattro in exchange for nearly $5-million in contracts. 

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