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Former WA controller sentenced to 30 months for embezzlement

Associated Press - June 15, 2008 4:45 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - A former controller of the Lummi Commercial Co. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal embezzlement charge.

Court say documents Michel Methven was hired as an accounting clerk by Lummi Nation in 1995, and was controller of the Lummi Commercial Company from 2001 until his firing in 2005.

From 1998 to 2005, federal prosecutors charge Methven had 125 checks totaling more than $379,000 made out to himself from accounts at the company's tribally owned businesses.

Prosecutors say Methven forged signatures or signature stamps on the checks and also made false entries in computerized accounts, indicating the checks had been paid out to vendors.

Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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