Pair sentenced for stealing from Stony River council

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former president and secretary of the Stony River Traditional Council are being sent to federal prison for stealing $24,345 from the organization, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Former council leader Andrew Gusty Sr., 62, and former secretary Mary Macar, 52, were sentenced last Wednesday for the felony crime of theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Senior U.S. District Judge James. M. Fitzgerald sentenced them to five month in federal prison followed by five months of community confinement. They were also ordered to pay back the full amount they stole when they closed a council bank account in June 2000, and have three years of supervised release after their confinement ends.

Macar pleaded guilty in April. Gusty went to trial and was convicted at the end of May.

Stony River is a community of about 65 people on the Kuskokwim River 185 miles northeast of Bethel.

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