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A Superior Court judge has ordered a former city employee to serve two years of probation and pay $7,000 in restitution for stealing cash from Unalaska City Hall.

Matapua Faailoga, 35, originally faced multiple felony charges for siphoning $15,751.94 from the city’s cash receipts while she worked as an accounting assistant in 2016 and 2017.

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Unalaska has hired a new city clerk.

Marjorie Veeder will take over the clerk’s department on Oct. 16, according to Acting City Manager Erin Reinders.

Veeder has spent the last six years working in the city manager’s office as an administrator.

"Her strong administrative and legal background, in addition to her project management experience, will serve the city well in the clerk’s department," said Reinders in a statement. 

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Come October, Unalaska’s finance department will have two new employees. Clay Darnell of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will be the new finance director and current City Clerk Cat Hazen will become the controller.

Darnell has served as the assistant controller for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly a decade. He also is an adjunct professor in accounting.

Hazan has been city clerk for the last three years. Prior to that, she spent a decade as a senior accountant in the city's finance department.

Both Darnell and Hazen begin their new positions October 16.

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Updated 8/1/17

A former city employee is facing theft and fraud charges for stealing more than $15,000 from Unalaska’s local government.

City Manager Dave Martinson declined to name the recently fired employee. But court records show that accounting assistant Matapua Natalie Faailoga was charged last week with four felonies related to theft, fraud, forgery, and tampering with evidence.

Martinson said other members of the Finance Department noticed that funds were missing on July 10.