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School board members in New Mexico accused of theft

October 28, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three school board members in a tiny Navajo community in New Mexico are facing federal charges amid accusations they claimed thousands of dollars in travel reimbursements for meetings that did not occur or that the trio did not attend.

An indictment filed against Hector Guerro, Bucky Apache and Steven Apache, of the Alamo Navajo Indian Reservation, includes charges of federal program theft and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say in court documents that the men presented falsified receipts, meetings agendas and other documents to receive travel money.

Authorities say the district receives millions of dollars in federal funding from the Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Service.

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Attorneys for the men did not immediately respond to voicemails requesting comment.