Homebuilder Convicted of Looting Navajo Funds

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal court jury in Las Vegas found a Nevada-based homebuilder guilty of siphoning off federal money that was supposed to be used to build Navajo Nation affordable homes for his own gambling and personal expenses.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says 69-year-old William Aubrey faces up to 10 years in federal prison and $500,000 in fines following his conviction Thursday of two counts of conversion of money and funds from a tribal organization.

The jury acquitted a co-defendant, Chester Carl.

A federal public defender representing Aubrey didn't immediately respond Friday to messages.

Bogden says Aubrey, of Mesquite, owned a company called Lodgebuilder that contracted from 1996 to 2004 with the Navajo nonprofit Fort Defiance Housing Corp. to build homes on tribal land in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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