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Sun Oct 16, 2016, 04:27 PM

Savoonga tribal workers stole $82,000 in federal funds, prosecutors say

A tribal coordinator and a secretary for the Native Village of Savoonga faces federal charges alleging they stole about $82,000 in federal funds meant for roadwork and repair of damages from a severe winter storm in 2010.

Sylvia Toolie and Peggy Akeya both have been charged with two counts of embezzlement of federal agency funds received by a tribal government.

The defendants are set to make initial court appearances in Anchorage on Nov. 8.

A plea agreement in Akeya's case was filed Thursday. The agreement says Akeya will plead guilty to her two charges, which carry maximum sentences of up to 5 and 10 years.

Read more: http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2016/10/13/savoonga-tribal-workers-stole-federal-funds-prosecutors-say/

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