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2nd Alaska whaling commission exec sentenced

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:10 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - 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 months in prison and pay more than $100,000 restitution.

Judkins led the commission for two years 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.

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