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Water pipe supply company pays $350K fine in corruption case


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings water pipe supply company has paid a $350,000 fine for a scheme to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe.

MT Waterworks pleaded guilty in May to criminal charges that it claimed an Indian ownership preference to get federal and tribal contracts. The contracts include more than $3.3 million from the Chippewa Cree Tribe for work on a federally funded water system project.

The Billings Gazette reports ( ) U.S. District Judge Brian Morris imposed the fine during the company's Sept. 15 sentencing hearing in Great Falls.


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