Nisqually Vice Chairman William Frank arraigned on theft charges

Nisqually Vice Chairman William Frank appeared in Thurston County Superior Court Tuesday morning on 14 charges of second-degree theft and one charge of first-degree theft after allegedly withdrawing $50,200 from the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s seafood and tobacco accounts.

Frank, 32, is the son of legendary tribal leader Billy Frank Jr.

Frank allegedly made 15 withdrawals between March 4 and April 24, according to charging documents. The two accounts are held by Wells Fargo Bank. Frank also allegedly withdrew $3,000 from another tribal account and transfered $5,606.62 from the same account into his personal account, which had a negative balance of $5,600.

The Nisqually Tribal Council authorized a Nisqually Tribal Police investigation of the withdrawals at an April 24 meeting. The Washington State Patrol took over the investigation May 20, according to charging documents.

The documents state that Frank indicated during a July interview with the Washington State Patrol that he knew that he wasn’t authorized to withdraw the money.

Frank was also charged with two counts of attempted robbery in the first degree in late-July and a trial date is set for Oct. 6.