Two charged with stealing from tribal organization

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) July 2010

Two former employees have been charged with embezzling from the Chuloonawick Native Village.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage on July 23 said Kathleen Blanket, tribal administrator, and Stella Kameroff, a bookkeeper, have been charged by a grand jury with theft from a Native Alaskan Tribal organization and misapplication of federal grant funds.

Authorities allege the 44-year-old Blanket stole more than $105,000 by never repaying payroll advances and by using a debit card for cash withdrawals and personal purchases.

The 39-year-old Kameroff is accused of taking nearly $22,000 by never repaying payroll advances and putting direct deposits into her personal account from the tribal account.

Both women are from Emmonak.