Massive Navajo Corruption Case Winds Down: Last Three Defendants Face Trials
More than five years after a special prosecutor first brought charges against a staggering number of Navajo leaders accused of misusing the tribe’s discretionary funds, three individuals are still facing criminal trials.
A trial for Navajo Nation Council Delegate Mel R. Begay is set for March 14 in district court in Window Rock, Arizona. Begay, who has served as a delegate for 12 years, faces 16 complaints of making or permitting false vouchers. Seven of those complaints allege that between 2006 and 2010, Begay personally authorized at least $33,750 in financial assistance for his six children.
Trials are still pending in the Dilkon, Arizona, district court for former Council delegates Hoskie Kee and Young Jeff Tom.