|Despite the fact that three alleged tribal fraudsters have recently been acquitted of theft charges against them, the Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that it is “looking into the spending practices and other aspects of the Seminole tribe's finances” presumed related to the men, the former tribe operations director, Tim Cox, the tribe’s former computer expert, Dan Wisher, and Wisher's son-in-law, Michael Crumpton. |
The first, failed federal investigation into the trio’s doings took three years and also culminated with the suspension of the Seminole’s Chairman, James Billie. The IRS had listened to testimony from several likely rivals to the four, including some who the IRS admits had paid no taxes at all on millions of dollars they spent on themselves and on gifts they gave to unmentioned others. Rival David Cypress, a tribal councilman, reportedly gave $57 million, over the same three-year period of the IRS’s investigation, “to friends, family and other tribe members, giving millions to his children and $1 million to himself,” according to a witness. Other witnesses said the tribe, through the council, paid “thousands of dollars in cash” to contractors, asking for no receipts.