South Dakota tribal officials accused of stealing money
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Current and former officials of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate are facing federal charges for writing themselves checks for more than $50,000 from a tribal account for expenses that were not justified, according to an indictment filed this week in U.S. District Court in South Dakota.
The indictment charges the six officials with conspiracy, embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization in connection with the scheme that authorities say happened between June 2010 and March 2013 on the reservation in South Dakota's northeast corner. The individuals were executive board members of tribe's Big Coulee District during the period when the alleged crimes happened, and at least three continue to work in tribal government.