Prosecutors seek to dismiss 4 in Navajo fraud case
Posted at: 07/06/2012 11:32 AM
By: FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking to dismiss charges against four Navajo Nation officials in a tribal fraud case.
Prosecutors filed a motion Friday to drop Attorney General Harrison Tsosie, his predecessor Louis Denetsosie, and tribal lawmakers LoRenzo Bates and Leonard Tsosie as defendants in the case.
Prosecutors say the facts and law do not justify legal proceedings against the four men. A judge still must consider the prosecution's request.
The motion obtained by The Associated Press is the first attempt to resolve civil charges filed a year ago involving 85 current and former Navajo officials.
They are accused of defrauding the tribal government in the use or management of $36 million in discretionary funds.
Prosecutors say they've concluded that some other lawmakers had used the funds to benefit family members and will pursue those cases.
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