The Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians tribal chair is set to stand trial in three months for allegedly stealing while she worked for another county tribe.
Tracey I. Avila was held to answer for a felony count of grand theft following an October preliminary hearing.
The Lake County District Attorney's Office alleges the Nice resident stole tens of thousands of dollars from the Elem Indian Colony and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency while serving as the tribe's fiscal officer between February 2006 and September 2008.
Avila, 51, was arraigned at the Lake County Courthouse Tuesday morning. Her attorney, R. Justin Petersen, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf.
Judge Richard C. Martin scheduled the trial to start Feb. 27. Avila will next appear in court Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. for pretrial matters.