- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A former Arizona lawmaker facing an ethics charge on the Navajo Nation has been ordered to repay about $13,000.

The Gallup Independent (https://bit.ly/1lKttWL ) reports the judgment against Sylvia Laughter was issued earlier this week.

The tribe’s Ethics and Rules Office says Laughter failed to respond to a complaint that she received preferential treatment when hired at the Dennehotso (deh-neh-HOTE’-so) Chapter in Arizona.

The Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeals granted a request for a default judgment against her. The ethics complaint charged Laughter with unauthorized use of tribal property or funds.

The order also prohibits her from getting a job with the tribe for five years or until the money is repaid.

Laughter did not respond to an email sent Friday. A call to a mobile phone listed for her went unanswered.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, https://www.gallupindependent.com

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