Man sentenced for embezzling from New Mexico tribe

June 30, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man who is a former employee of the Jicarilla Apache Nation’s utility authority was sentenced Monday for embezzling nearly $215,000 from the tribe.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says [auth] 63-year-old Robert G. Wells must pay full restitution to the tribe and also faces five years of probation.

He pleaded guilty on Feb. 24 to embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization.

Wells was arrested last November for allegedly embezzling $214,594 from the tribe in 2011 when he was the utility authority’s comptroller.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Wells admitted unauthorized transfers and withdrawals from a bank account belonging to the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

Wells was accused of stealing $500 in July 2011, more than $92,000 in August 2011 and about $122,000 in October 2011.

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