Former Chairman of the Board of the Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority sentenced
The former chairman of the board of the Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 30 days in jail, two years of supervised release and $37,400 in restitution for theft from a tribal organization, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.
Hector Ray Canales Sr., 55, pleaded guilty to conversion of tribal funds in May 2016. At Monday’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said Canales had betrayed the trust of his tribe.
According to records filed in the case, in 2009 Canales applied for down payment assistance from the Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority, knowing that he did not qualify for such assistance because he already owned a home. Canales engaged in a sham transaction to transfer his existing ownership to a relative, so that he could collect $37,400 from the down payment assistance program, which he used to pay for a second home in the Chehalis area.