Jul 2, 2017

Are two or more Bear River Rohnerville Rancheria board members being federally investigated?

                          (John McGinnis)
(Dakota McGinnis)

(Barry Brenard)
According to an inside source, a couple of  Bear River Rohnerville Rancheria board members were "led away in cuffs yesterday by federal police." The tipster did not say this resulted in any arrest.



According to that one tip, it was allegedly Member at large John McGinnis and Vice-Chair Dakota McGinnis that were the ones taken away/spoken to by "authorities. According to another tip, it was the Chair Barry Brenard being investigated. But both tipsters said, there is an investigation.

One tipster said investigation is allegedly for "taking cash only payments for rooms, among other things."

People are afraid to say too much.

I have contacted both John and Dakota McGinnis as well as Chairman Barry Brenard. I also contacted DA Maggie Fleming and Sheriff William Honsal.

The only person I heard back from today was John McGinnis. Via email, he said, "This story is outrageously false." In another email, he added, "I'm clearly not incarcerated with no charges or investigations pending. "

I will be checking with the appropriate authorities tomorrow, including the California Department of Justice and FBI.



33 comments:

  1. Georgio MathersonJuly 2, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    McGinnis is dirty. His extended family all work there, and get to be violent with people (employees), and get away with it. I have seen many dirty things from storage units of "former employees" They use and push drugs. Glad to see this finally happening!

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  2. If you look at most of what happens at Bear river, the McGinnis family is somehow involved. whether it be daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins, or what- they are involved in the casino BS. All of their hands are dirty. ALL...

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  3. I understand that there are some questions and/or concerns regarding these allegations.Re:Georgie Matherson ,if there were,theoretically,criminal activity taking place at Bear River Casino and you fail to report it,that's conspiracy. Re: Marie Van Felt,I don't know who you are and i understand that you have some concerns,but for you and others get on here and make accusations and post lewd comments regarding The Mcginnis Family,that's BS,My name is Joe McGinnis Sr and I have five beautiful children all of which are McGinniss',Proudly,So please consider this,the next time you or anyone else has the urge to drag my Daddys Good name threw the mud,That's slander and defamation of character ,both of which are grounds for legal action.

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    1. Mr. McGinnis Sr., I printed your comment, assuming that is you. The other anonymous and non anonymous threats I did not, nor did I print all of John McGinnis' response, another potential threat. To all those family members/friends up in arms, re read the post. Making threats and throwing out legal words in a public forum thinking you know what you are talking about is not wise.

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    2. John Chiv, I am The Executive Director of the the Bear River Gaming Agency. I Operate an independent Regulatory Agency that constantly audits the casino for improprieties. I can not comment publically on any investigation on going or otherwise but I will say on no uncertain terms have either of the Mcginnis brothers been "led away in handcuffs". The Casino is audited by a third party independent auditor 2 times ayear and their findings are reported to the National Indian Gaming Commission. If there was theft or fraud of any kind I would be the person who investigates it and the auditors would be the ones to report it to the NIGC. Again i can tell you that your story in relation to the Mcginnis brothers is false. If you have any questions or would like further follow up please contact me. I can give you direction on how to determine the legitimacy of these claims. Also the State of California has no jurisdiction on tribal land or in the casino. As such the District Attorney and the Sheriff's office can not possibly have any information to give you. Please allow my post to be published so I know you seek the truth and are not just interested in spreading your current Narrative. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    3. Mr. Sand, thank you for your comment. Any information you have, can be sent to john.chiv2@gmail.com. Written responses are best in such cases. While the McGinnis brothers may not have been "led away in cuffs" and those words were the tipster's not mine, and hence in quotes, they could have been "spoken to" as also mentioned in the post. If you are stating that they are not being investigated at all, I would be glad to print that as I did John McGinnis's response. I have already spoken with the FBI. I would very much like your assistance in getting out information but it cannot be the only source. So far, no one has denied any investigation either and you can understand that I would like to hear from a totally independent agency, in no way affiliated with Bear River. So far, the anger is from McGinnis family members and with two members on the Board, and a small community, I am interested in the complete truth, as I am sure you are. My current narrative, as you describe it,does seem to have basis or I would not be getting the response I did. There has been selective denial of a couple of things that have clearly been listed as allegations.

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    4. John... see... things don't go their way, they threaten.. hmm it rolls that way

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    5. Mr. Chiv, thank you for posting my comment. I am stating on the record to you as the Executive Director of the primary regulatory agency for the Bear River Casino that neither John McGinnis nor Dakota McGinnis is under any sort of investigation nor have they been spoken to by authorities regarding any such investigation involving themselves. I understand your desire to hear from an agency unrelated to Bear River but there is no such information to be had because there exists no information to give regarding the McGinnis family. As you state I am interested in the entire truth but different from you I know that I have the complete truth. The Bear River Gaming Agency, before the State of California and ahead of the Federal government has the role and authority as the primary regulatory agency given to it by Congress with the creation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory act. As such no investigation on any level would exist or be conducted without the inclusion and knowledge of Myself. Again for absolute clarity no such allegation regarding the mentioned members of the McGinnis family are under investigation by my Agency or the FBI or The DOJ Bureau of Gambling control or any other unnamed unmentioned greater or lesser office of authority. Further more no person involved with the operation of the Bear River Casino or Tribe is under investigation for taking cash only payments of any kind nor is any member of the Bear River Tribal Council under any kind of suspicion regaring The Operation of the Bear River Casino. If there is néed for more clarity feel free to contact me regarding specifics of my statement to you. Thank you for your pursuit of the truth.

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    6. Ahead of ant gaming commission or federal agency? Doesn't read independent, rather. "we got this, don't need you". How can truth be known if insiders are the only voices?

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    7. William Sand, you should be investigated as well. William Sand was Tribal Chair as well as Executive Gaming Director. Conflict of interest for sure. The Bear River Tribal Council and Executives are dirty and greedy.William Sand states he's educated and a former Navy Seal......both can be discounted.It's a disgrace to all legitimate Seals when you are an imposter.

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    8. And as usual, the well paid, local "self appointed investigative" staffers of most media sit around and take zero risks in looking into stories of power dynamics in this community.

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    9. Mr. Anonymous, I've known William for a very long time and have never heard him claim that he was a SEAL. Only cowards make derogatory comments about people anonymously.

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    10. Robert Wenzel, anyone can make a name or use a name and post a comment on blogger. So are you local? Do you have some verification about who you are? How do you know William Sand? In some cases people have to remain anonymous. In this situation, I can understand why. Do you have any information that addresses, clarifies the above allegations in the post, not the comment section?

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    11. Yea, I'm local. So you can understand why "Mr Anonymous" wants to remain anonymous? Do tell, is it because he, or she, is a coward who sits behind his keyboard slinging childish insults and makes unsubstantiated claims about a person's integrity? I will say it again, anyone that slings mud and insults people anonymously on a public forum is a coward, plain and simple.

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    12. Yea, I am local did not provide any verification you are or what connection you may have to Bear River Casino or anyone who is associated with Bear River. So far, you have provided no evidence to refute any claims. You are just as anonymous and even a bigger coward because you have commented twice with insults.
      Do you defend everyone who gets insulted or people sling mud at anonymously in a public forum?

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    13. Robert Works for will as a surveillance officer......part of the problem.

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    14. Technically Robert it's against Bear River policy for you to be commenting on social media about Bear River or it's employees or it's affiliates. I believe all employees signed the handbook ammendment from BR HR. Unless as usual, Will's team is exempt from all policies. Is it not your job to audit policies? Typical inadequacies of Will's Department.

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    15. Mr Chiv, how would you like for me to verify my identity? I will not post any personal info other than my name on a public forum as that would be stupid. I am willing to meet with you for coffee where ever you choose and prove my identity to you personally. I am available Monday or Tuesday afternoon. If you are a coward and are afraid of meeting with me bring along some friends if you like. I do not like violence so this invite is not a threat of any kind, however, I would like to see if you have the intestinal fortitude to call me a coward to my face or if you only do that when hiding behind your keyboard. Sorry Chiv, I will not be able to give you information about anything regarding your fake news article as I honestly know nothing about it, but even if I did know anything I would not be able to give you any information.

      As far as "Anonymous's" comments, tread lightly sir! Maybe you should reread the policy manual because as usual, you are posting FUD. I have posted nothing about Bear River Casino on this CNN wannabe fake news outlet. BTW, "Anonymous", lets do lunch sometime....

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    16. You can prove your identity by privately emailing me a verifiable email address and/or a phone number, not cell, a facebook account, various ways that can be matched and verified. My contact information is on this page. I am not a coward but based on your rantings and defensiveness and the fact that you have no information worth my time, I am not interested in meeting you. This is your third comment, again over reaction and insults. I have rules and moderate comments. Do not waste my time anymore because you got called out on your shennanigans. Anonymous or not, the comments provide pertinent information. I have a tribal letter corroborating information on my first post. What information have you provided, despite being asked three times. If you are who you say are, your behavior online should be concerning to those who interact with you or employ you. Go waste time on your own dime because engaging you is costing me money and time best spent elsewhere. Do not contact me unless it is in written response to verify your identity. Better yet, do not contact me at all.

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  4. When tribal members that hold administrative positions are escorted out of the casino in cuffs....I am willing to bet there is something bad happening and these characters are part of it. I guess having a good job and a little stipend every few months isn't enough for the greedy. And look where greed gets you boyz.......AND this to Mr. McGinnis Sr., nobody is dragging your daddy's good name threw the mud accept a couple McGinnis's themselves so maybe you should take that up with them!!!!!

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  5. Georgio MathersonJuly 3, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    if anyone (authority) wants a laptop that was owned by John McGuinns/ Bear River Casino, Please let me know. Maybe it has good stuff on it? It was in a storage unit I bought... (seems certain family members, and employees lost units) There was plenty of other interesting things from the Casino in there, but that stuff was thrown away, not knowing cr*p would ever hit the fan. I am more then willing to bring forth this computer to whichever authority wants it!

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  6. I know a young woman who was being sexually harassed while working at Bear River Casino.....now she's Banned from going there even recreationally just because she reported the harassment! They found some Lame "reason" to Fire her after she made the complaint. Blue Lake Casino got their panties all in a ruffle just because I was using the Handicapped Button to open the doors! Some lady complained that it was "too cold" while she sat at a machine right in front of the door....you know, instead of just moving to another spot! The Double Doors both stay open for a few seconds to allow wheelchairs to have time to go through both doors and, what to me is, a nice breeze funnels into the room and blows away all the smoke away. I have had Operations done on both hands/base of my thumbs/wrists because of Osteoarthritis and it's not apparent and Obvious to anyone Why I would use that Button to open those god-awful heavy Doors if you don't know me.....you can SEE my "handicap"......so Bite Me.

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  7. I know someone who was attack by one of the "family members"... this person filed charges, and is also banned from going to the casino. The attack did not happen at the Casino, and had nothing to do with the casino, except the fact one of the "family" was involved. The attacker still has their job at the casino. What right did they have to ban this person? It is alright, I sure as Hell wouldn't drop a dime at that place!

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  8. Margret McGinnis (Sister)- Cage Manager Casino services
    Janice Sanderson (Niece) - Marketing Director
    John McGinnis Casino Manager & Tribal Council Member at large.
    Dakota McGinnis- Vice Chair Tribal Council & Economic Development Director....however job was posted on Bear River Website.....hmmmm
    Tina Carpenter (Sister) Slots, Security, maintenance, hotel.....Can't keep a position.
    Jim McGinnis- Director of Tribal Enrollment

    Bear River also employs Tribal Members that are on Megan's Law. William B. Sand approves these Tribal members for employment and Gaming licenses even though it puts patrons at risk.
    William B. Sand approved Jesse Sherman of Loleta as a Bartender. Jesse is on Megan's law for sex with a minor while minor was intoxicated. Jesse was let to tend bar in the Hotel.
    Lionel Carrol- works as a graveyard porter in the Hotel.
    Several other Tribal Members that work at the Casino or Community center have felony records. I think Tribal Chair Barry Brenard has a felony record as well.

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  9. Mr. Sand, could not find an email listed for you and you did not provide me with one. Would you care to comment on the above by aninymous @ 5:35 p.m.?

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  10. Jesse wade Sherman yes on Megan's law for rape of an unconscious victim (a minor). Yet, he does hold a bartending job at bear river casino serving drinks to women. What is wrong with that picture

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  11. Here is the link to Megan's Law:
    https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/Mobile/Search.aspx?l=Sherman&f=Jesse#OffenderDetailPage

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  12. This is a another helpful link.

    http://www.calpeculiarities.com/2015/07/30/megans-law-how-california-limits-its-use-for-employment-purposes/

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    1. The Tribe does not follow California statutes with the exception of ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control- liquor license). Bear River follows Federal employment guidelines. Employment at Bear River is also subject to DOJ background for gaming license. The Tribe has banned Patrons from property for being on Megan's Law........In fact if they knew who was writing this they would ban me ;).

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    2. ...you're saying you're on Megan's list and they'd ban you for that? Lol

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    3. No......lol. I'm saying if they knew who was calling them out on their shenanigans and giving the inside scoop I would be getting the ever famous exclusion letter. John Mcginnis and Tribal Council love to ban anyone whom opposes BRCH.

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