8. Update in T-S and link to letter from Yurok Tribe to Tribal Members
Letter from Yurok Tribe says it's outraged by alleged embezzlement; will add additional positions to oversee finances
Megan Hansen/The Times-Standardtimes-standard.com/
Posted: 02/28/2012 02:05:30 AM PST
Members of the Yurok Tribal Council have expressed “great disappointment and outrage” that more than $900,000 was allegedly embezzled from the tribe by a former tribal employee and two conspirators.
Former Yurok Tribe Forestry Director Roland Raymond, 49, has been wanted since last Thursday on a $1 million warrant issued by Del Norte County Superior Court Judge William Follett, according to the Del Norte County District Attorney's Office.
Raymond is wanted on suspicion of burglary, embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a crime. Law enforcement officials said he was still at large on Monday.
A letter recently mailed out by Yurok Tribe Chairman Thomas O'Rourke Sr. on behalf of the Yurok Tribal Council alerts tribal members to the alleged embezzlement and promises more information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.