Woman gets probation for stealing, crashing minivan owned by Burns Paiute Tribe

Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 10:50 AM PST
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BURNS, Ore. (KPTV) - A 37-year-old woman was sentenced to federal probation after she stole and crashed a vehicle owned by the Burns Paiute Tribe, the U.S. Attorney’s Office - District of Oregon announced Thursday.

Sara Janeese Hawley, of Burns, was sentenced to three years of federal probation. She must also pay restitution to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

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The attorney’s office, citing court documents, said Hawley used an employee access code to enter the Tribe’s Tribal Housing Department building where she took keys and stole a Dodge Caravan minivan. Hawley, who reportedly had earlier used meth and inhalants, crashed and totaled the vehicle.

The minivan was used to take students to and from school events, according to the attorney’s office.

On April 21, 2022, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned an indictment charging Hawley with embezzlement and theft from an Indian Tribal Organization. A couple months later, Hawley pleaded guilty.

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The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI.