bookkeeper sentenced by federal court for stealing froma tribal organization
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Emmonak woman was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to five years probation with four months home confinement for her conviction of stealing money from a tribal organization.
On June 9, 2011, Stella Kameroff, 40, of Emmonak, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy Burgess.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward who prosecuted the case, Kameroff’s guilty plea revealed that, from 2004 to 2007, she was the book keeper for the Chuloonawick Native Village (CNV), a tribal organization located in Emmonak, Alaska. During the course of Kameroff’s employment with CNV, she stole approximately $21,000 using two methods: 1) receiving payments purporting to be payroll advances that were never repaid; and 2) by making unauthorized direct deposits into her personal account from the CNV account.
Kathleen Blanket was the executive director of CNV at the time of Kameroff’s thefts. Blanket has pled guilty to stealing approximately $100,000 from CNV and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 9, 2011.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Kameroff and Blanket.