- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A Navajo Nation council delegate has resigned after pleading guilty last month to conspiracy to commit bribery.

Prosecutors had accused David Tom of funneling $95,000 in tribal funds to his wife and children.

He originally faced 13 counts, including bribery, conspiracy and filing false vouchers.

Johnny Naize resigned as council speaker and lawmaker after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery on Sept. 30, the same day as Tom.

Tom resigned Wednesday in a written notice to the tribe’s elections office.

He had served on the council since 2003.

Appointment of a person to fill the vacancy will be at the discretion of the speaker or speaker pro tem of the council, in accordance with Navajo Nation law.


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