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KNAU: Former advisor of Navajo Nation charged for fund misuse





A former financial adviser for the Navajo Nation has been charged in connection with a misuse of funds case that has ensnared several delegates to the Navajo Nation Council:
Laura Calvin will be arraigned later this month in Window Rock District Court. Prosecutors allege she took part in a scheme to direct money from a tribal discretionary fund designed to help Navajos in need. According to the Navajo-Hopi Observer, Calvin’s job was to oversee the distribution of that money. But, authorities say she signed off on more than 80 documents funneling tens of thousands of dollars to her family members between 2007 and 2009. She’s now being charged with six counts of conflict of interest.

The case implicates several current and former members of the Navajo Nation Council. Prosecutors say some of the lawmakers arranged for money to go to each other’s families in a quid-pro-quo situation. One of those allegedly involved, Council Speaker Johnny Naize, pleaded not guilty last month to 11 complaints of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. An attempt is currently underway in the council to remove Naize from his post.

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Navajo Nation Financial Advisor Charged in Fund-Misuse Case (KNAU 4/3)

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