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Former Interior Alaska tribal administrator sentenced for embezzlement


FAIRBANKS—A former Healy Lake tribal administrator was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement and three years of probation on Friday for converting federal government and tribal funds for her own use.

JoAnn Polston, 60, of Fairbanks, pleaded guilty in September to one count of theft of government funds and one count of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline also ordered Polston to pay $102,860 in restitution to the Healy Lake Tribe and $4,577 to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Polston must also cooperate with the Healy Lake Tribe concerning the whereabouts and disposition of tribal funds, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.


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