Savoonga tribal workers stole $82,000 in federal funds, prosecutors say


A tribal coordinator and a secretary for the Native Village of Savoonga faces federal charges alleging they stole about $82,000 in federal funds meant for roadwork and repair of damages from a severe winter storm in 2010.

Sylvia Toolie and Peggy Akeya both have been charged with two counts of embezzlement of federal agency funds received by a tribal government.

The defendants are set to make initial court appearances in Anchorage on Nov. 8.


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