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Correction: Pueblo Embezzlement story


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — In a story Sept. 16 about an embezzlement case, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Attorney's office, reported erroneously the sentence given to former pueblo governor Bruce Sanchez. It was 51 months, not 56 months.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Pueblo leader gets prison term in $3.5M embezzling scheme

Ex-Santa Ana Pueblo governor gets 51-month prison sentence in $3.5 million embezzlement scheme

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A former governor of Santa Ana Pueblo has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison on charges stemming from a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme.

Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old Bruce Sanchez received a 51-month prison term Wednesday followed by three years of supervised release.

Sanchez also was ordered to pay more than $655,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for federal taxes owed on the money he embezzled and failed to report.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion in January.

Prosecutors say Sanchez and a real estate consultant embezzled more than $3.5 million from the Indian Pueblo Federal Development Corporation, where he was CEO and president, between 2003 and 2009.

The organization was formed by the 19 pueblos to develop the former Albuquerque Indian School site.

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