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New charges in United Auburn Indian fraud case

Trio alleged to have defrauded tribe of $18 million
By: Journal Staff
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A superseding indictment brought Thursday by a federal grand jury adds charges of filing false tax returns to a string of allegations against three defendants accused of defrauding the United Auburn Indian Community.

Last August, Bart Wayne Volen, 53, of San Diego, Greg Scott Baker, 46, of Newcastle, and Darrell Patrick Hinz, 48, of Cameron Park, were charged with allegedly conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering as part of a scheme to defraud the tribe out of more than $18 million.

The new indictment alleges that Volen and Hinz filed false 2006 and 2007 tax returns in connection with the fraud and Baker filed false tax returns from 2006 through 2009.

Baker and Hinz were both United Auburn Indian Community employees, with Baker serving as tribal administrator. Baker’s duties included overseeing the Indian Hills Office Project construction on Indian Hill Road in Auburn. Hinz was a contract employee hired by the tribe to manage quality control and construction at the project site.

The indictment alleges that Baker and Hinz colluded to insure that the tribal council would pay for inflated and fraudulent invoices submitted by Volen and were later paid by Volen to do so.

The payments are alleged to have included Hinz’s purchase of a $70,000 BMW and mobile home for Baker, a $54,000 pool, several investment properties and a vacation condominium in Lake Tahoe.