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.