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Former tribal council member pleads guilty to fraud, theft


GREAT FALLS — A former member of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Council has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the tribe and failing to pay income taxes for several years.

The plea agreement calls for Brian Kelly Eagleman to pay $683,000 in restitution to the tribe and the Internal Revenue Service, according to federal court records.

Eagleman, 53, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls to embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, theft from an Indian tribal organization and income tax evasion. He is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on Oct. 6.


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