Judge sentences sisters convicted of Savoonga embezzlement

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two sisters convicted of embezzling from the Native Village of Savoonga have been ordered to pay restitution.

    Federal prosecutor Bryan Schroder says 60-year-old Sylvia Toolie was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison and ordered to repay $69,563 to the tribe.

    U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess sentenced 57-year-old Peggy Akeya to five years' probation, three months home confinement and 120 hours of community service. She was ordered to repay $14,855.

    Burgess also ordered Akeya to record a public service announcement to raise awareness of the consequences of embezzlement.

    Toolie and Akeya held positions with Kawerak Inc., a regional nonprofit that provides services to tribes.

    Schroder says they embezzled money, among other funds, intended for repair of Savoonga homes and buildings damaged during a severe December 2010 winter storm.


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