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Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

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The former tribal treasurer was sentenced to a year in prison July 26 for embezzling money from the tribe. Allan F. Butterfield, 63, also was ordered to pay $108,090 in restitution to the tribe. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said she did not sentence Butterfield to the maximum of 18 months in prison because of his poor health. Lou Ann Gordon, the tribe's lead accountant, and Butterfield pleaded guilty last spring to stealing money by issuing payroll advances to themselves and others in the tribal accounting office, and then hiding the money from the tribe. They also maintained a hidden account into which they diverted federal program and other tribal funds they used for personal reasons. Gordon, 47, earlier last month was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to pay $137,207 in restitution.

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