Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Former Tribal Governor In New Mexico Pleads Guilty To $242K Embezzlement

Joseph Marvin Herrera, 75, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, pleaded guilty to federal charges that he had embezzled $242,562 from the Tesuque Pueblo tribe for whom he had served as governor. According to authorities, Herrera made about 24 transfers of tribal funds to his own accounts via ATMs. He also admitted to issuing "numerous" checks to himself and to pay for personal items, including automobiles and travel. The misappropriations took place in 2008. Herrera reportedly reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that will not call for any prison time due to his advanced rectal cancer condition.

Read the story here and here.

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