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2 more charged in Navajo slush fund case

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — A Navajo Nation lawmaker and a tribal employee are facing criminal charges stemming from an investigation of the Tribal Council’s use of discretionary funds.

Council Delegate David Tom and Victoria Cecil, an account specialist in the tribal speaker’s office, are the latest people to be charged. The first was former Council Delegate Ernest Yazzie Jr.

Special prosecutors with the Rothstein Law Firm say they intend to file charges against other current or former Navajo lawmakers. They say the investigation has revealed that lawmakers gave money to their own families or the families of other lawmakers.

Tom is facing charges of bribery, conspiracy and filing false vouchers. Cecil is accused of submitting false applications for financial assistance and of lying to prosecutors.

Cecil declined to comment Friday. Tom did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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