Monday, February 27, 2012

Coast biologists arrested for bilking Yurok Tribe

The Eureka Times-Standard reports:
[Sean] McAllister and [Ron] LeValley were arrested Thursday on $1 million warrants accusing them of burglary, embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a crime. The Del Norte County District Attorney's Office is alleging that the two biologists participated in an embezzlement scheme headed by former Yurok Tribe Forestry Director Roland Raymond that bilked the tribe out of nearly $1 million over the course of more than one year.

Though a warrant was also issued for his arrest, Raymond remained at large as of Saturday afternoon. [...]

The Del Norte District Attorney's Office is alleging that, under the direction of Raymond, Mad River Biologists billed the tribe for almost $900,000 of northern spotted owl surveying work on tribal lands that was never performed. An affidavit in support of a search warrant filed by district attorney investigator A.C. Field indicates there is a long paper trail supporting the allegations, complete with checks from the tribe cashed by McAllister, receipts of large cash withdrawals, transfers to LeValley's personal account and checks sent from LeValley to Raymond.

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