Charges Filed in 'No Mail-No Rail' Case

Tensions on Seneca Reservation heat up

by Anne Holliday – WESB

Two residents of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation are facing charges for allegedly lying to FBI agents in an investigation about ties placed on railroad tracks in early July.

44-year-old Christine Seneca and 48-year-old James Phillips pleaded not guilty to making false statements to authorities, and hindering communication between law enforcement relating to a federal offense.

According to the criminal complaint, Seneca and Phillips had been at a party with four men who are considered persons of interest in the case. The complaint says Seneca and Phillips lied to investigators about who was at the party. They also allegedly tried to convince another person who had attended the party to lie about the four men being there.

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