Kickapoo filed more counts against former tribal leaders

HORTON, Kan. (AP) — Kickapoo tribal leaders have filed additional charges against three former tribal leaders accused of misusing federal money.

Kickapoo Tribal Prosecutor Tom Lemon filed the additional charges in the Kickapoo court in Horton against Steve Cadue, Adolph Cadue Jr. and Bobbi Darnell, the tribe said in a release Thursday.

Steve Cadue is a former chairman of the tribe, which maintains a 30-square-mile reservation in northeast Kansas. Darnell was the treasurer and Adolph Cadue Jr. was secretary of the tribal council.

The three were charged in March with fraudulent handling of recordable instruments and tampering with records. They’re accused of using federal burial funds to subsidize payroll and other tribal expenses in violation of tribal law. It is unclear from the court filings how much of the burial funds were misspent.

They’re also accused of covering up the misspent money by modifying tribal resolutions and producing fraudulent documents to allow improper payments of the burial funds, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (

The tribe said Thursday that six additional counts had been filed against Steve and Adolph Cadue, and three against Darnell. The release said the new counts allege additional tampering with records, inducement of improper payments of tribal burial funds, misuse of public money and the fraudulent handling of recordable instruments.

Earlier court filings didn’t list lawyers for the three defendants. A message left Friday at a phone listing for Steve Cadue wasn’t immediately returned. No phone listing could be found for Adolph Cadue Jr., and a phone listing for Darnell was busy.

When the earlier charges were filed in March, Cadue said he and the others denied the allegations and would “wait for our day in court.”



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