U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
March 4, 2011
TRIBAL EMPLOYEE ARRAIGNED FOR ALLEGED EMBEZZELMENT
OF TRIBAL FEDERAL FUNDS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rosilyn Brown, 61, an employee of the Narragansett Weruomuch Housing Authority (NHA), an agency of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Providence to an indictment charging her with embezzling federal funds from the Housing Authority. Brown’s indictment and arraignment before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
According to the indictment and information presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis M. Matos, Brown is alleged to have embezzled in excess of $100,000 provided to the Narragansett Indian Tribe through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Native American Programs between October 2008 and June 2009.
If convicted, Brown faces a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release.
Brown was released on $15,000 unsecured bond. The matter was investigated by the HUD Office of Inspector General
An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.