Former delegate sentenced in financial case

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON – A former Navajo Nation Council delegate has been sentenced for his involvement in the discretionary fund case.

Navajo Nation

Young Jeff Tom Sr. was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution Wednesday in Dilkon District Court in Arizona, according to the tribe's special prosecutor.

Tom, who represented the Mariano Lake and Smith Lake chapters from 1992 to 2011, pleaded guilty on Feb. 12 to conspiracy to commit bribery in official and political matters.

In the plea agreement, Tom admitted he authorized approximately $13,850 in financial assistance from the discretionary fund to five former delegates from May 2006 to January 2009.

A pre-sentence report prepared by the tribe’s Probation and Parole Services recommended a jail term of 365 days, suspension of supervised probation and payment of $13,750 in restitution to the tribe.

The report noted that Tom filed a letter of resignation to end his service on the board of directors for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Co., and his term on the Wingate K-12 School board expires this year.

Criminal charges remain for former delegate Hoskie Kee. A jury trial for Kee, who represented the Baca-Prewitt, Casamero Lake and Littlewater chapters, is scheduled to start on April 27 in Dilkon.