Former Chehalis tribal official sentenced for housing fraud
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former official from the Chehalis Tribe has been sentenced to a month in jail and more than $37,000 in restitution after pleaded guilty to allegations that he defrauded a tribal housing program.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 55-year-old Hector Ray Canales Sr. was the chairman of the board of the Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority. He acknowledged that in 2009 he applied for down-payment assistance, knowing that he didn't qualify because he already owned a home.
As a result, he wound up receiving $37,400 from the program — money that could have helped other tribal members.
Prosecutors say he has already repaid $24,000. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton issued the sentence Monday.