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Head of Tribal Gaming Panel Resigns

18 January 2005

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the LA Times: "The top casino regulator for the Chumash Indians of Santa Barbara County has resigned following the disclosure that he was convicted of a felony.

"Gilbert Cash was sentenced in November to 60 days in county jail and five years' probation after pleading no contest to beating and choking his estranged wife.

"But he continued to serve as chairman of the Chumash gaming commission, even though state and federal laws prohibit anyone convicted of a felony from serving as a tribal gaming regulator.

"As chairman, Cash oversaw $1 billion a year in wagers at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, one of the most profitable gambling enterprises in California.

"According to an announcement on the Chumash website, Cash, 38, stepped down Thursday — the same day that The Times reported his felony conviction..."

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