Eight Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Members Plead Guilty to Financial Crimes

Feb 9, 2018

Eight members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe have pleaded guilty to financial crimes against the tribal government.

In a release, the Department of Justice states the individuals were employees of the tribe’s Financial Services Department. They used fraudulent checks and wire transfers to defraud the tribe of a total of almost $800,000. The money was then sent to people outside the office who were not entitled to the funds. The largest amount embezzled was over $300,000. That’s significantly higher than the amount of $7,000, initially reported in December. A spokesperson for the Tribe declined to comment.