OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) – A former Comanche Nation employee has been charged with embezzling funds from the tribe.
Julierose Baquera Molina, 38 of Cache, is charged with felony embezzlement.
"This is exactly the kind of corruption my administration is dedicated to eliminating forever," said Comanche Chairman, William Nelson. "Rogue Tribal members have disgraced and cheated the Comanche Nation by treating Tribal bank accounts like their own personal ATM. The Comanche Nation should work to elevate its members, not to cheat them, and this federal indictment should serve as a warning to anyone scheming against the hardworking members of our Tribe."
According to an indictment, Molina was employed by the Comanche Nation Tax Commission from October 2014 through March 2016, which funds government operations. The indictment alleges she took more than $1,000 illegally.
If convicted, Molina could be sentenced to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. She will also be required to pay restitution to the Comanche Nation Tax Commission.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Comanche Nation Police Department.
"The fact that the Comanche Nation Police Department was an integral part of this investigation and prosecution should speak volumes," Chairman Nelson stated. "The era of widespread abuse that brought our great Nation to the brink of bankruptcy is over. The Comanche Nation is now on a solid path to success and prosperity because of the responsible changes our members have agreed to implement. We, as a sovereign nation, have worked too hard to return to the dark days of despair that almost destroyed us. As our ancestors believed; if an enemy or a thief is within the encampment, they are whipped out of the camp. To know these monies were ear marked for Comanche children and the elderly, yes, we have to earnestly keep all enemies out of the encampment."
The Comanche Business Committee commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for prosecuting the corruption and greed that continually plagued the Comanche Nation's previous administration.