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Former environmental boss pleads guilty to theft from tribe


BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A North Carolina man says he is guilty of stealing money from the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point in Maine.

A federal prosecutor says 68-year-old Stephen E. Crawford of Beaufort pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday. Court records show that he served as the Passamaquoddies' environmental director from 2003 to 2012 and fraudulently obtained about $25,000 from the tribe. He did so by submitting fraudulent travel expense reports and supporting documents.

Crawford faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation by the federal probation office.


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