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Navajo Nation of Arizona, New Mexico & Utah


Diana M. Smith, 44, Phoenix, and Doreen A. Begay, 43, Henderson, Nev., drew jail time, supervised release and have been ordered to make restitution in connection with theft of more than $200,000 from the BIA's Kaibeto Boarding School on the Navajo reservation. U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt sentenced Smith to 18 months in jail, followed by three years supervised release and ordered her to make restitution to the BIA of $208,421.64 and pay a special assessment of $100. Begay drew 120 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring followed by five years of supervised released. She was also ordered to jointly repay $16,590 of the $208,421.64 with Smith and pay a special assessment of $100. Both expressed regret for their roles in the theft. Jan. 8, Smith pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and Begay pleaded guilty to theft. They were indicted in August by a federal grand jury which alleged they converted school meal checks totaling $208,421.64, funds intended for breakfast and lunch programs for the 350 Navajo children at the school. The kindergarten through grade eight school is about 45 miles north of Tuba City. Smith was business manager at the school and Begay worked as a secretary.