Lawyers argue over where the money went in Whaling Commission theft case

Federal prosecutors say former Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission director Maggie Ahmaogak stole more than $420,000.

Her lawyer says that figure is too high.

What both sides agree on is that determining how much money was siphoned off and where it went is turning out to be a complicated affair.

Ahmaogak pleaded guilty in May to stealing commission funds and is being sentenced in federal court in Anchorage. The Anchorage Daily News says lawyers are arguing about just how much money she spent on herself, including money for gambling, snowmachines and a luxury Hummer SUV.

Ahmaogak’s attorney says some of the money went to repaying whaling commissioners for legitimate expenses. But prosecutors contend she steered money to herself, family members, and in some cases the commissioners.

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