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Prime culprits are dead, but three face felony allegations in GEAR UP theft and cover-up


PLATTE | Five people, including a husband and wife who died in a ghastly murder-suicide-arson last September in this small south East River town, either stole money from a program designed to help Native American students or participated in attempts to cover up illegal activities, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said on Wednesday.

Stacy Phelps, 42, of Rapid City, is one of the five. Phelps, who spent years building the GEAR UP program to help Native American high school students improve their college readiness, is facing four felony counts of presenting falsified records for use in a state audit of the program, according to court affidavits.


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