Man charged with embezzling from Passamaquoddy tribe to plead guilty to federal charges

Posted June 20, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Charles Fourcloud
Courtesy of Washington County Jail
Charles Fourcloud

BANGOR, Maine — The man charged with stealing $20,000 from the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to federal charges of theft and embezzlement.

Charles Fourcloud, 59, a transient, is accused of embezzling the funds between May and August 2013 when he worked as finance director for the Washington County tribe and oversaw its $11 million budget, according to court documents.

Fourcloud, who has multiple aliases, was indicted in May by a federal grand jury for theft from an Indian tribal government and three counts of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal government. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Lowell, who is prosecuting the case, said Friday that his office has no plea agreement with Fourcloud.

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 previous media reports. He was fired Sept. 24.

The federal complaint alleges 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 served 10 years in federal prison for similar crimes committed in the mid-1990s. He 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. He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for those crimes.

In the Maine case, 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 each of the other three charges. He faces a fine of $250,000 on each charge. Fourcloud most likely will be ordered to pay restitution when he is sentenced.

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