- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former tribal fiduciary who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from 49 members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Freida Ann Battise-Moore, of Avondale, also was ordered to pay more than $260,000 in restitution.

A law school graduate, Battise-Moore was hired by the tribe as a court-appointed representative for its incapacitated members.

She was in charge of handling each of her clients’ financial affairs, including receiving their Social Security and commercial and agricultural lease payments and using their money to pay their rent and medical bills.

Prosecutors say Battise-Moore began stealing from clients in 2006 and was fired in September 2013.

They say she spent some of the money on gambling and expensive sports tickets.

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