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 travel and buy a snowmachine. She was also charged with taking payroll advances that she did not pay back.

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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