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Forum Communications Co., Published July 23 2012

Woman sentenced for embezzlement from tribal program

FARGO - The former director of the Spirit Lake Vocational Rehabilitation Program has been sentenced in federal court for her part in an embezzlement scam.

Martina Kazena of Fort Totten was sentenced to serve three months in a residential re-entry facility, followed by seven months of home detention. She will be on supervised release for three years following the completion of the detention.

Kazena pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to embezzle from a tribal organization and aiding and abetting in January.

While she was director of the program, Kazena admitted to approving program benefits for her husband, William Kazena, and others that did not qualify for them.