TULALIP — A Tulalip Tribal member has been ordered to pay back nearly $400,000 that was embezzled from the tribal smoke shop.
Angela Jones Ver Hoeven, 46, also was sentenced to six months in prison, six months of home detention and three years of federal probation.
Ver Hoeven was a cashier at the Tulalip Tribes’ liquor and smoke store when she stole up to $800 a day, court papers said. She allegedly told investigators that she had a “pill problem.”
Investigators also uncovered that Ver Hoeven had lost about $37,000 at the tribal-owned Quil Ceda Creek Casino since the fall of 2009.
Ver Hoeven was arrested in April and charged with theft from a tribal organization. She was accused of under-reporting her sales at the drive-through window and pocketing the money. Investigators believe the embezzlement began as early as 2008.
U.S. District Judge James Robart told Ver Hoeven on Tuesday he was troubled that the woman was stealing from her own tribe and her family.
The case was investigated by Tulalip Tribal Police and the FBI.