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Almost a million dollars embezzled from a school in Arizona for a gambling habit.
Thane Epefanio, 45, of Avondale, AZ, served as the Superintendent and Administrator of the Hopi Mission School, on the Hopi reservation in Kykotsmovi. Epefanio used his position and influence to embezzle school funds. He also directed staff to provide him money to create the appearance that the funds were being used to operate the school.
Epefanio obtained almost $1 million to support his gambling habit and to pay for personal expenses.
He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to two years in prison for embezzling money. Epefanio had previously pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.
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