15 accused of thefts from Yakama Nation scholarship program

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TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — Fifteen people have been accused of stealing $179,000 worth of scholarships from the Yakama Nation Higher Education Program.

An indictment in federal court in Yakima says they were awarded 67 checks for studies at colleges and universities that reported the students had never enrolled or completed coursework.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports FBI agents and Yakama Nation police arrested 11 of the defendants on Tuesday.

The tribe’s higher education program administered funds from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the tribe’s own scholarship program.

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  • Kenneth Briggs

    so what did they do with the money and how did they get the money to begin with ? that is a large group at one time , so if true have them repay all funds plus two day in jail a week til the funds are paid back plus a nice fine