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Former official at Indian center accused of theft

April 26, 2013|By Tony Perry

A former official with the San Diego-based Indian Human Resource Center was indicted Friday on charges of stealing $140,000 from the agency and using it to gamble at Indian casinos.

David Hedley, 38, was executive director of the agency from September 2012 to December. The Indian Human Resources Center receives federal funds to help Indians find jobs off their reservations.

Hedley took money from the agency and then gambled at the Viejas Casino and Pala Casino in San Diego County, according to federal officials. He has been charged with eight felony counts.

The case involves "one individual's greed and the abuse of trust," said Daphne Hearn, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Diego office.


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