Ex Yurok official imprisoned for embezzling

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Updated: 1/13/2014 6:46 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former official of a Northern California Native American tribe has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling nearly $1 million from the tribe.

A federal judge also ordered Roland Raymond to pay back the Yurok Tribe $852,000 during sentencing in San Francisco on Monday.

Raymond was the tribe's former forestry director. He pleaded guilty last year to one count of embezzlement, acknowledging that he approved false invoices submitted by Eureka, Calif. based-Mad River Biologists in exchange for kickbacks over a four-year period ending in 2010. Prosecutors say Raymond spent most of the money on drugs and gambling.

Raymond's attorney didn't return a phone call.

Mad River Biologists founder Ron LeValley has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with Raymond to embezzle from the Yurok Tribe.

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