Former Tribal Chairman, Co-Defendant Ordered To Pay $250,000 In Restitution To Tribe

Cedric Cromwell
Cedric Cromwell

Cedric Cromwell, former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, in 2018 Cedric Cromwell, former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, has been ordered to pay the tribe just under $250,000 in restitution, along with David L. DeQuattro, the owner of a Rhode Island architecture and design firm, following their bribery convictions in US District Court in May.

Mr. Cromwell, 57, of Attleboro, and Mr. DeQuattro, 56, of Warwick, Rhode Island, were both found responsible for legal expenses incurred by the tribe. The defendants were ordered to repay the bulk of the amount jointly, according to court documents from the US District Court of Massachusetts filed on December 21.

“While the government acknowledges the Court’s finding that Mr. DeQuattro was far less culpable than Mr. Cromwell, apportioning restitution in with the entire investigation, which led to parallel charges of bribery against the defendants, and parallel convictions except for the $10,000 check from November 2015. Furthermore, ordering joint and severable liability would be fairer to the Tribe,” court documents state.

According to the documents filed on January 9, the government increased its restitution request for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from $233,218.94 to $249,628.74. The increase was to compensate for three legal invoices for services provided to the tribe by Rankin & Sultan Attorneys at Law. These invoices were inadvertently omitted due to an oversight.

Following a 10-day trial in May, both men were convicted on bribery and extortion charges related to the tribe’s plans to build the First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton.

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