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Former Gila River Council member ordered to repay more than $75K

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:00 pm

Lloyd Notah, Jr., 64, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge James Teilborg to five years of probation, ordered to pay $75,682 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Notah previously pleaded guilty to embezzlement from the Gila River Indian Community, near Ahwatukee Foothills.

In the course of Notah's guilty plea, he admitted that during the period of Sept. 26, 2007 through March 7, 2009, he embezzled funds from the Gila River Indian Community's Lone Butte Industrial Development Corporation (LBIDC).

While serving as a board member on the corporation's board of directors, authorities say Notah committed the embezzlement by submitting fraudulent expense and stipend claims.

Notah admitted that he regularly submitted fraudulent expense vouchers to the LBIDC for items such as meals, meetings and mileage when, in fact, the claimed meals, meetings and/or mileage had either not occurred or were not in furtherance of LBIDC official business.

In the course of the embezzlement, Notah regularly claimed that the meals and meetings had occurred with well-known individuals within the Gila River Indian Community.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance and cooperation of the Gila River Indian Community.

The prosecution is being handled by Frederick A. Battista, assistant U.S. attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

• Briefs compiled from staff and wire reports.

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