CATTARAUGUS/ALLEGANY, NY (WKBW/Release) - On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC) Audit Committee passed a resolution to initiate an investigation against SGC Board Members Cochise Redeye, Corporate Secretary, and Jeffrey Gill on the charges of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud against the billion dollar gaming corporation owned and operated by the Seneca Nation.
is currently running as a Cattaraugus Tribal Councillor candidate on the Richard Nephew/Rob Porters ticket.
As a sitting member of SGC's Audit Committee, Gill did not attend Tuesday's meeting where the resolution was passed to proceed with the investigation.
Mele is being named as a co-conspirator for failing to take action as instructed by the SGC
board when allegations of potential fraudulent behavior by Gill
and Redeye were first brought to his attention early this year.
was first named to the SGC
Board in January 2008.
also was ousted as then SGC's Chairman on January 11, 2010 for six hostile work grievances that were filed against him.
Outside counsel Drinker Biddle & Reath was retained by the SGC
Board Audit Committee and its written conclusions, in the aftermath of that investigation, determined that Gill
acted outside his
scope of authority, and that Gill
acknowledged and admitted his
harsh treatment, and his
to attempt to coerce another SGC employee to file a false complaint against the original SGC employee who filed the grievances.
At that time, the SGC
Board informed Gill
and the Nation's Tribal Council
should be removed from the board.
President Porter, also a sitting member of the Seneca Nation Ethics Committee, dismissed outside counsel's investigation and conclusions allowing Gill to remain as a board member.
Tribal Council members were urged by Porter to reappoint Gill
to serve through April 2012.