Calif Biologist Charged With Embezzling From Tribe

Oct 24, 2013 3:36 PM

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California biologist has been charged in federal court with conspiring to embezzle funds from an Indian tribe.

Federal prosecutors charged Ron LeValley of Eureka on Oct. 11 with participating with former Yurok Tribe forestry director Roland Raymond to submit false invoices to the tribe for environmental surveys and other work that was never done. The invoices totaled almost $1 million.

Raymond has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to embezzle and is to be sentenced Nov. 5.

The Eureka Times-Standard ( ) reported Wednesday that local prosecutors dropped state charges against the two men in anticipation of a federal case.

LeValley's lawyer, William Kimball declined, comment.


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