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Former Execs Of Tribal Firm Face Embezzlement Charges

Embezzlement charges are pending against two former executives of the Colville Tribal Services Corp., a construction company operated by the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Company manager David S. Wells, 39, pleaded innocent to four counts of first-degree theft for allegedly taking about $5,000 in corporate funds for personal use. Wells’ trial is to begin May 11 after a hearing to determine whether his confession to tribal police may be used in court.

Project manager Raynor V. “Scott” Clemons, 32, the company’s second in command, is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Okanogan County Superior Court. But Prosecutor Rick Weber said the arraignment likely will be delayed because officers have not been able to locate Clemons to serve him a subpoena.

Weber said Clemons is believed to be living in Idaho.

Clemons is charged with two counts of second-degree theft for allegedly taking almost $1,000 in company money for personal use. Wells was fired and Clemons resigned before his arrest.

Court documents say Wells admitted to tribal Detective Mike Carter that he used company money to pay for a speeding ticket and various personal purchases.

An affidavit also says Clemons admitted claiming excess mileage reimbursement for a trip to Spaulding, Idaho, as well as using company money to buy himself a computer printer and put a new windshield in his personal vehicle.

Court files say both men agreed to pay restitution.

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