The front entrance to the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.(File Photo)


Published: 26 July 2012 05:29 PM

A mistrial was declared Thursday, July 26 in the trial of an insurance broker and the former chief financial officer for Pechanga Resort & Casino who were charged with bilking the tribe out of about $4 million in what prosecutors describe as an overcharging scam.

Jurors were deadlocked after about a day and a half of deliberations and multiple votes. On Thursday the panel heard nearly two hours of re-read testimony before the foreman handed Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elisabeth Sichel a note saying they could not agree on verdicts.

Sichel set Monday, July 30 to hear dismissal motion arguments.

Prosecutors allege the ex-CFO, Ryan Jay Robinson, 41, of Temecula, had turned a blind eye to inflated insurance invoices in exchange for about $150,000 in kickbacks, which he used to pay gambling debts.

Robinson and the broker, James William Riley, 48, of Murrieta, are charged with grand theft and commercial bribery. Riley also is accused of money laundering. A grand jury indicted them in 2010.

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