Pequot leaders plead not guilty to theft charges

The former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequots and this brother, the tribe’s treasurer, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they stole more than $800,000 from the tribe. Former chairman Michael Thomas and his brother Steven appeared Monday afternoon in federal court in New Haven. The tribe owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino on its reservation in Ledyard, Conn. Michael Thomas is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in tribal funds and federal grant money during his tenure as leader of the tribal council. Treasurer Steven Thomas is accused of stealing more than $700,000 when he was assistant director of the tribe’s natural resources department.