FBI: Former Jicarilla Apache Nation Purchasing Agent Sentenced For Federal Embezzlement Conviction
ALBUQUERQUE – The former purchasing agent for the Jicarilla Apache Nation was sentenced Monday in federal court in Albuquerque to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for embezzling funds from the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
Vanessa Cohoe, now known as Vanessa Vicenti, 46, formerly of Dulce, was charged in an indictment filed Dec. 17, 2015, with theft of funds belonging to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, an organization receiving more than $10,000 in federal funds.
The indictment alleged that Cohoe committed the crime by embezzling approximately $23,039.23 from the Tribe between December 2010 and May 2011. The indictment also charged Cohoe with embezzling more than $1,000 in funds belonging to an Indian Tribal organization by using the Jicarilla Apache Nation’s credit card on eight separate occasions between January 2011 and April 2011.