ublished July 26, 2017
Comanche Nation applauds arrest in corruption case
LAWTON, OKLAHOMA– The Comanche Business Committee is commending the Federal Bureau of Investigation for prosecuting the corruption and greed that continually plagued the Comanche Nation’s previous administration. Julierose Baquera Molina, a former Comanche Nation employee, was arrested Wednesday, July 26, 2017 and charged with felony embezzlement from the Comanche Nation Tax Commission.
“This is exactly the kind of corruption my administration is dedicated to eliminating forever,” said Comanche Chairman, William Nelson. “Rogue Tribal members have disgraced and cheated the Comanche Nation by treating Tribal bank accounts like their own personal ATM. The Comanche Nation should work to elevate its members, not to cheat them, and this federal indictment should serve as a warning to anyone scheming against the hardworking members of our Tribe.”
According to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury, from October 2014 through March 2016, before Chairman Nelson’s administration took office, Molina was employed by the tribal Tax Commission which funds Comanche government operations. The indictment alleges that she stole thousand(s) of dollars from the Tax Commission illegally
“The fact that the Comanche Nation Police Department was an integral part of this investigation and prosecution should speak volumes,” Chairman Nelson stated. “The era of widespread abuse that brought our great Nation to the brink of bankruptcy is over. The Comanche Nation is now on a solid path to success and prosperity because of the responsible changes our members have agreed to implement. We, as a sovereign nation, have worked too hard to return to the dark days of despair that almost destroyed us. As our ancestors believed; if an enemy or a thief is within the encampment, they are whipped out of the camp. To know these monies were ear marked for Comanche children and the elderly, yes, we have to earnestly keep all enemies out of the encampment.”
The case against Molina is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Comanche Nation Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Jessica Cárdenas Jarvis, will prosecute the case.
The newly-elected Comanche Business Committee strives to meet the needs of Tribal members with transparency and accountability. Anyone with questions or concerns should call 877-492-4988 to speak to a CBC member.
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