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Retired National Park Service Employee to Plead Guilty to Stealing Indian Remains


CEDAR RAPIDS – Thomas A. Munson, 76, from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, has agreed to plead guilty on Monday, January 4, 2015, to one count of embezzlement and theft for stealing American Indian remains while he was a National Park Service employee.

In December 2015, he was charged with the count after an investigation that lasted several years. He decided to work out a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to serve one year probation with home detention, including jail time for 10 consecutive weekends, and to make a public apology to 12 American Indian tribes in the Great Lakes region. He will be required to provide a video with audio to government officials.


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