Former Navajo Nation Council financial adviser takes a plea deal in discretionary fund case

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON >> A former financial adviser for the Navajo Nation Council has pleaded no contest to a conflict of interest charge in connection to the tribe's discretionary fund case.

According to a press release from the Navajo Nation Special Prosecutor, the Window Rock District Court accepted a plea agreement on Thursday from Laura Calvin. She served as financial adviser for the council under former Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan.

In the plea agreement, Calvin acknowledged her children and stepchildren received more than $79,000 in financial assistance from the discretionary fund, which the council established to provide financial help to tribal members who needed emergency assistance or were facing financial hardship.

As part of the plea agreement, the tribe agreed to dismiss with prejudice five counts of conflict of interest.

Calvin will be sentenced at a later date. She could be sentenced to serve up to 90 days in jail or probation and be ordered to pay restitution, according to the press release.