Ex-Passamaquoddy finance director charged with stealing $20,000 from tribe

Posted April 25, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
Charles Fourcloud
Washington County Jail
Charles Fourcloud

BANGOR, Maine — A man accused of embezzling funds from the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point was arrested Friday in California on a federal warrant out of Maine.

Charles Fourcloud, 59, allegedly stole more than $20,000 between May and August 2013 when he worked as finance director for the tribe and oversaw its $11 million budget, according to the complaint filed April 7 but sealed until Fourcloud’s arrest. More than $5,000 of the stolen money allegedly was reimbursement for falsified travel expenses and $15,000 allegedly was reimbursement for falsified moving expenses.

He is charged with one count of theft from an Indian tribal government and three counts of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal government.

Fourcloud was described in a court document as a transient but told tribe officials when he was hired that he lived in San Jose, Calif., the complaint said.

The circumstances surrounding his arrest were not available late Friday.

The complaint listed five aliases used by Fourcloud: Arlynn E. Knudsen, Arlyn Knudson, Arlyn Eaglestar, Charles Johnson and Charles Eaglestar.

He was fired from his position in Pleasant Point on Sept. 24, a day after he was arrested and charged by local police with driving with a suspended California driver’s license, according to a previously published report. Fourcloud was released on bail on that charge.

Although tribal officials checked Fourcloud’s references, they did not conduct a criminal background check. When they did, his criminal past and aliases were uncovered, according to a previously published report.

The complaint alleged that Fourcloud falsified his work history and references when he applied for the job in Maine. Twelve days before he was fired, Fourcloud used his tribe email to apply for a position with the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians in California, the complaint said. In his resume, Fourcloud said he had worked for the Passamaquoddy tribe since September 2005.

Fourcloud pleaded guilty in 1997 to conspiracy, money laundering, income tax evasion and embezzlement in South Dakota, according to a previously published report. As vice president of business at Oglala Lakota College, he devised a scheme that enabled him and a handful of co-conspirators to embezzle about $2.66 million from the tribal college.

If convicted, Fourcloud faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge alleging the theft of $15,000 and up to five years in prison on the other three charges. He faces a fine of $250,000 on each charge. Fourcloud also could be ordered to pay restitution to the tribe if found guilty.

BDN writer Tim Cox contributed to this report.

 

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