Former tribal agent pleads guilty to theft in embezzlement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A former purchasing agent for the Jicarilla Apache Nation has pleaded guilty to theft in the embezzlement of $23,000 from the northwestern New Mexico tribe.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 46-year-old Vanessa Cohoe pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Albuquerque and that a plea agreement requires her to serve a probation term and pay $5,000 in restitution to the tribe.

The office says $5,000 is the difference between the total of unauthorized purchases made by Cohoe and the amount that the tribe received in reimbursement by its insurer.

According to the office, Cohoe used the money she stole to make unauthorized purchases for gift cards, alcohol, clothes and cosmetics for herself and her family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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