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Ex-tribal employee gets 1 year probation after paying restitution


BANGOR, Maine — The former environmental director for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one year of probation for embezzling more than $25,000 over six years.

Stephen E. Crawford, 68, of Beaufort, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

“I can’t begin to say how profoundly sorry I am for taking the tribe’s money and making it harder for them to implement their programs,” Crawford told the judge just prior to being sentenced. “I knew it was wrong. I always planned to repay it.”


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