We break down the details of charges filed by the Quapaw Nation against ex-officials
MIAMI, Okla. – We have more details on the charges filed by the Quapaw Nation against former Chairman John Berrey and former Secretary Treasurer Tamara Smiley-Reeves.
On Monday, we brought you the list of charges and allegations made by the Quapaw Nation against former Chairman John Berrey and former Secretary Treasurer, Tamara Smiley-Reeves.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at the charges against Mr. Berrey and the others alleged to be involved.
One of the charges is embezzlement alleges Berrey took $1.5 million broken up into a series of monthly installments, from the Saracen Casino Resort and Q Store and claimed they were “success fees” as bonus payments.
Another of the notable charges is conspiracy. There are two counts of conspiracy in the court documents, count two, and count five.
Count two alleges that Berrey conspired with Merlin Jones, then the C.F.O. of Downstream and Saracen Casinos, and a consultant, Alan Mauk, to embezzle funds from the casinos totaling just over $1.3 million.
Those funds were issued as checks to John Berrey, Jack Brill, Tamara Smiley-Reeves, Merlin Jones, and Janet Cummings. The Quapaw Nation alleges that Berrey then directed Mauk to deposit three checks totaling more than $500,000 into a personal bank account owned by Berrey.
The other conspiracy charge, count five, alleges that Berrey worked with Merlin Jones, Jack Brill, and Tamara Smiley-Reeves to embezzle more than $4 million from Downstream and Saracen Casinos as “success fees” or bonus payments. Those payments were allegedly made to John Berrey, Jack Brill, Tamara Smiley-Reeves, Merlin Jones, and Janet Cummings.
There’s also a civil case filed by the Quapaw Nation against Berrey, Smiley-Reeves, and seven others. They include Jack Brill, Janet Cummings, George McWatters, Marilyn Rogers, Sheri Smiley, Tena Smith, and the heirs of Merlin Jones, Jr. Jones passed away earlier this month.
Those charges include fraud, constructive fraud, conversion, and unjust enrichment.
We reached out for an interview with John Berrey today, and while our request was declined, John Berrey’s spokesperson told us that Berrey, and the others named in the indictments, have filed a defamation suit against Michael Crump with Innovative Gaming Solutions, which conducted the audit that ultimately led to the charges, as well as current Secretary Treasurer Guy Barker, and current Chairman Joseph Byrd.
That suit was filed in February in Cleveland County, Oklahoma District Court. A motion to dismiss, filed by the defendants, has been scheduled to be heard on April 26th.
Below is the defamation suit filed in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.