Trial of Former Tribe Chair, Cedric Cromwell, Postponed

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The trial for former Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairman, Cedric Cromwell, has been postponed due to Covid-concerns.

The trial for Cromwell, and Rhode Island architect David DeQuattro, was originally scheduled to start Tuesday but has been pushed back potentially to January. The Cape Cod Times said the next earliest trail date could be January 11.

The 55-year-old from Attleboro is charged with four counts of filing a false tax return.

The Times also said Cromwell, along with DeQuattro, have since entered pleas to additional charges of extortion and bribery.

The government alleges the two devised a plot for DeQuattro’s architecture firm, called Robinson Green Beretta Corp., to be awarded a contract for design plans for the tribe’s proposed casino in Taunton.

In exchange, Cromwell received various payments and benefits valued at over $57 million.

After his initial arrest, Cromwell was removed from his position on the Tribal Council.

WBZ’s Rob Woodard has the story:

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