Washington woman admits to embezzling from Coeur d'Alene Tribe
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say an Eastern Washington woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 from the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe.
Forty-six-year-old Debora J. Zimmerman of Spokane, Wash., admitted to diverting the money between 2008 and 2010 while serving as Finance Operations Director for the tribe's housing authority. Investigators concluded she took the money by issuing unauthorized paychecks to herself, making unapproved purchases and other schemes.
Zimmerman pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement Friday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene and sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30.
She faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.