Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tribal Casino Crimewatch: Nooksack Tribal Member Sentenced in $140,000 embezzlement Scheme

A Nooksack Indian Tribe member will serve 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $146,000 from the Suquamish Tribe in Kitsap County. Renee Pearl Peleti, 46, from Bainbridge Island, was an administrative assistant in the tribe's Indian Child Welfare Department for more than five years.

During that time, she used fraudulent checks, food vouchers and gift cards to pay for her groceries and bills, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The Suquamish Tribe became aware in April 2013 that benefit checks for clients of the welfare department had been altered and cashed. Peleti had taken more than 260 tribal checks, totaling more than $90,000, to cash and use for bills. She also used tribal checks to pay her own Puget Sound Energy bills.
Peleti pleaded guilty in February 2014 and was sentenced Friday, May 9, in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Tribal leaders who spoke at the sentencing hearing said Peleti's embezzlement meant that some children didn't have that money for food, clothing, sports equipment or Christmas presents.  OP:   Isn't that a SHAME??   But, then, isn't that EXACTLY WHATS GOING to happen to the children of those who those SAME TRIBAL leaders plan to DISENROLL?


Anonymous said...

Yet didn't a Pechanga members son steal tips from the employees and never got punished?...WHY.

Anonymous said...

You must remember there are what 300 dirty ass mirandas in the tribe? 200 dirty murphys and 100 dirty macarros.

Corrupt actors hiding behind sovereignty shield. The shield is cracking, but the band could say enough is enough.