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Byline: Staff and wire reports
An arrest warrant has been issued for a former San Juan County commissioner, sheriff and Navajo police captain who is accused of wire fraud in handling a community-policing grant.
Billy Fred Hillgartner, 51, of Shiprock is accused of engaging in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Justice, the Navajo Nation Department of Law Enforcement and Navajo, N.M., of $150,000 between Aug. 15, 1996, and Dec. 11, 1997.
Hillgartner, who was a captain with the Navajo Nation police in Shiprock during that time, was fired in September 1998.
Hillgartner failed to appear Thursday for an arraignment in …