Former finance director of Pit River Tribe arrested
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The former finance director of the Pit River Tribe in Burney was arrested Wednesday on a number of tax charges and theft.Kenley Black, 41, formerly of Burney, was arrested today at his home in Ft. Defiance, Arizona, on charges of tax evasion, failure to file income taxes, and embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment on Thursday, March 24, against Black, who served as the the finance director for the Pit River Tribe from 2009 to 2013. Black is not a member of the Pit River Tribe.
According to court documents, while employed as the finance director, Black earned over $810,000, but did not file income taxes and evaded paying over $225,000 in taxes.
Black is charged with five counts of tax evasion and five counts of failure to file income taxes. Additionally, he is charged with 15 counts of embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization for embezzling $81,578 from the Pit River Tribe in 2012 and 2013.
According to Wagner, if convicted, Black faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count of tax evasion. Additionally, Black faces up to one year in prison for each count of failure to file a tax return and up to five years in prison for each count of theft from a tribal organization.