Ramah Navajo Chapter President Charged with Theft of $6 Million

Ramah Chapter Court

Published August 9, 2018

WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION — Ramah Navajo Chapter President, David Jose, was charged with Theft of Ramah Navajo Chapter Funds by the Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor on July 31, 2018. David Jose is charged with unlawfully transferring $6,000,000 to different investing companies without proper authorization.

Mr. Jose was arraigned on the three counts of theft on Monday, August 6, 2018 and pled not guilty to all three charges.  The pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 10th at 10:00 a.m.

One of the investment companies filed for bankruptcy in less than a year of Mr. Jose making a transfer of $1,000,000 to the company.  The Navajo Nation Department of Justice is seeking to recover those funds in a bankruptcy proceeding.

“It is critical that our public officials follow the rules and procedures put in place to ensure protection of our public funds,” said Attorney General Ethel Branch.  “The Office of the Prosecutor and the Department of Justice will continue to hold public officials accountable and enforce the law to ensure proper use of Navajo Nation funds.”

The criminal investigation was conducted by the White Collar Crime Unit of the Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor in conjunction with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice.  All criminal defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

To further protect the Nation from white collar crimes, Attorney General Branch and Chief Prosecutor Gertrude Lee, in collaboration with the Director of the Ethics and Rules Office and the Auditor General, as well as other key Divisions and Offices of the Nation, have formed the Navajo Nation Public Corruption Taskforce.

The Navajo Nation Fraud Hotline accepts tips and complaints from all sources about waste, fraud, and abuse committed by Navajo Nation officials and employees.  They can be reached at 1-844-747-2767 or fraudline@nnooc.org.

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