Thursday, July 25, 2024

Okanogan County woman indicted for alleged theft of Colville Tribe member's funds

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SPOKANE — A federal grand jury has indicted an Okanogan County woman on charges of bank fraud related to the alleged unauthorized withdrawal of funds belonging to a developmentally disabled member of the Colville Tribe, U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref announced Tuesday.

Nina Rae Tatshama-Marchand faces five counts of bank fraud, according to the indictment. Prosecutors allege that Tatshama-Marchand opened a joint checking account with a developmentally disabled minor who was a member of the Colville Tribe. After the victim turned 18 and received tribal funds, Tatshama-Marchand allegedly diverted most of the money into her own accounts for personal use.

The indictment claims Tatshama-Marchand fraudulently obtained at least $34,900 through this scheme.

"Protecting vulnerable members of the community and safeguarding precious and limited tribal funds are top priorities of our office," Waldref said in a statement. She emphasized her office's commitment to holding accountable those who exploit innocent community members for personal gain.

If convicted, Tatshama-Marchand could face up to 30 years in federal prison for each count, as well as orders to pay restitution. The FBI investigated the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frieda K. Zimmerman.

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