Juneau Native leader accused of embezzlement

Nov 11, 2013 -- 2:45pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A former Sealaska Corp. president is accused of embezzling more than $21,000 from two nonprofit organizations run by an Alaska Native civil rights group in Juneau. Robert W. Loescher is charged with felony theft. He is accused of stealing $21,500 from bank accounts of a legal defense fund to protect subsistence rights and another entity focusing on security of traditional food resources. It's unclear if Loescher has an attorney. He could not be reached Monday. The Juneau Empire says the 66-year-old Loescher chaired both the Alaska Subsistence Defend Fund and the Alaska Traditional Foods Security Council. The groups were created in 2009 by the Alaska Native Brotherhood Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp. Loescher was appointed as president of Sealaska in 1997, resigning without explanation in January 2001.

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