The Navajo Times has reported another incident of embezzlement by an official employee. Per the Times, Whippoorwill Chapter President, Jennifer Begay, allegedly swindled roughly $56,000 worth of industrial-grade mechanic equipment from an in-house warehouse. A member of the chapter told news reporters about the incidence on the condition of anonymity. According to the informer, he refused to take orders by Begay to file false insurance claims for stolen equipment.
After the unidentified employee told other leaders, Begay purportedly tried to make good of the situation by returning the tools. However, Vice President, Denis Tom, said the Chapter refuses to take this simple approach and wants the law to take due course. Tom is calling for an emergency removal of Begay from her position as Chapter president. He also said that an audit is underway to gather evidence for the case.
Begay was asked to stay away during the audit process, but did not comply with these requests. She was seen rummaging through official files and using the office copy machine. As a result, a letter requesting that she personally step down from the position was hand-delivered to her.
In response, the embroiled president held an independent meeting and declared that she would do no such thing, as the letter was not a court order. She declined to make any further remarks about the claims filed against her.