Former housing official for Chehalis Tribe sentenced in fraud case

A sign at the Chehalis Reservation in Washington. Photo from Chehalis Tribal Emergency Operations Center

A former housing official for the Chehalis Tribe of Washington was sentenced in a theft case.

Hector Ray Canales Sr., 55, pleaded guilty to one count of conversion from a tribal organization. He admitted that he lied about his assets in order to qualify for assistance from the tribe's housing program.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Canales received $37,400 to which he was not entitled. He used the money to buy a second home.

Canales was serving as chairman of the board of the tribe's housing authority at the time of the crime. He was sentenced to thirty days in jail, two years of supervised release and $37,400 in restitution on Monday.

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