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Tulalip Tribes to repay misspent houding funds

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington are reviewing six years of expenditures to determine how $6 million in federal housing funds was spent.

The tribe will have to repay any money that was misspent. According to news reports, housing official used the funds for first-class travel, Palm Pilots, cellphones, expensive meals and drinks, laptops, night-vision goggles and whale-watching trips.

On October 29, the former chairman of the housing authority, Dale Jones, pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzlement. The tribe then disbanded the authority and established a housing department.

Get the Story:
Tulalip Tribes reviewing six years of receipts (The Seattle Times 12/4)

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