2nd whaling commission exec sentenced
A second former executive director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission has been sentenced in Anchorage’s federal court for stealing from the organization.
The U.S. attorney’s office says in a release that 52-year-old Teresa Judkins of Barrow will serve six month in prison and pay more than $100,000 restitution.
Judkins led the commission for two year until her 2008 firing. She was charged in 2011 with using commission funds to buy a snowmachine, never paying back payroll advances and using funds to pay for travel.
Another former executive director, 62-year-old Maggie Ahmaogak, was sentenced for embezzling last month. She was ordered to serve more than three years in prison and pay back more than $393,000 to the organization, which works to preserve subsistence hunting of bowhead whales for Alaska Eskimos.