Former financial adviser for Navajo legislative branch pleads no contest to criminal charge

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WINDOW ROCK, Arizona — A former Navajo Nation financial adviser has pleaded no contest in a criminal case accusing her of funneling tribal funds to her family.

The Window Rock District Court accepted Laura Calvin's plea to a conflict of interest charge this week.

She faces up to 90 days in jail and probation under an agreement with prosecutors. Sentencing hasn't been set.

Calvin initially pleaded not guilty to six counts of conflicts of interest.

The charges stem from an investigation into the use of a discretionary fund meant for Navajos who had no other way to pay expenses and that prohibited nepotism. Prosecutors say three of Calvin's children and four stepchildren received $79,000 from the fund over several years.

Calvin oversaw payments from the discretionary fund for the tribe's legislative branch from 1995 to 2009.

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