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Published December 20, 2011, 06:56 PM

St. Michael Woman Sentenced for Embezzling From Tribe

(AP) — A St. Michael woman convicted of embezzling from the Spirit Lake Tribe has been sentenced to three years of probation and restitution.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — A St. Michael woman convicted of embezzling from the Spirit Lake Tribe has been sentenced to three years of probation and restitution.

Fifty-three-year-old Patricia Robertson will spend six months of her time on home confinement. U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says the woman who also is known as Patricia Cavanaugh was ordered to pay back the tribe nearly $5,500.

Robertson was coordinator of a tribal program that helped people with low incomes pay their heating bills. She was among five tribal officers and employees indicted on theft and embezzlement charges last spring. A jury convicted her in October.

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