Norfolk woman sentenced for stealing almost $20,000 from Ponca Tribe

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Norfolk woman will not serve jail time after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $20,000 from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

A federal judge ordered Andrea Rodriguez, 42, to spend four years on probation and to repay the money she took, plus a $10,100 fine.

The $19,432 stolen was supposed to help victims of domestic abuse with their grocery, medical and home needs but was instead funneled into Rodriguez’s personal account.

Curt Muller, an agent in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, said any attempts to defraud federal programs will not be tolerated, “especially those involving vulnerable populations.”

Rodriguez pleaded guilty to two charges of embezzlement and one count of theft in September.

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