Plea resolves last criminal case around Navajo slush funds

DILKON, Ariz. (AP) – The trial for a former Navajo Nation lawmaker accused of misusing tribal funds won’t go forward as scheduled next week.

Prosecutors say Hoskie Kee pleaded guilty Friday to a single charge of conspiracy to commit bribery.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

Kee faces six months in tribal jail and up to $9,000 in restitution. The amount represents less than half of what prosecutors accused him of funneling to family members.

Kee’s plea resolves the last of the criminal charges filed against 18 people in a years-long investigation of spending from a now-defunct discretionary fund. The defendants included former Navajo Nation Council speakers, lawmakers and tribal employees.

Only one criminal case went to trial. Ex-lawmaker Mel Begay was found guilty on 10 charges. He’s scheduled to be sentenced May 17.

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