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November 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Tulalip Tribes member sentenced in embezzlement case

A 46-year-old Tulalip Tribes member has been sentenced to a year’s confinement, including six months in prison, and ordered to pay back nearly $400,000 she embezzled while working at a tribal liquor store and smoke shop.

Angela Jones Ver Hoeven was a clerk at the store. Federal charges filed in April alleged that she stole cash while working the till, often pocketing a few hundred dollars a day. A review of smoke-shop records showed that she was routinely failing to register multi-carton sales of cigarettes, ringing up a single-carton sale and then pocketing the rest.

She stole a total of $396,043 over 32 months, according to the charges. An investigation showed that Ver Hoeven had significant gambling losses at the Quil Ceda Creek Casino during the year before the thefts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The thefts were discovered in August 2010 when a customer called to ask for a receipt for four cartons of cigarettes she had purchased at the store’s drive-through window. No entry for a four-carton sale was recorded that day, and the manager suspected a theft.

Investigators arranged an undercover sale of six cartons of cigarettes, and Ver Hoeven allegedly recorded that only a single carton was sold and kept the extra money, according to the charges.

U.S. District Judge James Robart ordered Ver Hoeven to spend six months in prison, six months on home confinement and be supervised for three years by federal parole agents.

The case was investigated by Tulalip Tribal Police and the FBI.

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