Thursday, May 2, 2013

Former Sioux Tribal Chairman in South Dakota Sentenced For Embezzling $346K

From the Aberdeen News on 5/1/13:

The former chairman of the Heipa/Veblen District of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Oyate has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling money from the district.

Lloyd LaBelle Jr., 53, must spend three years on supervised release after he gets out of prison. He must report to prison no later than June 4. He must also pay a $100 special assessment and, with others involved in the case, pay $345,965 in restitution.

The four people charged in the case, all former elected district officials, would issue checks to themselves that they weren't entitled to for their service. Sometimes, they would meet at a casino, issue the checks and immediately cash them, federal Judge Charles Kornmann said at a previous hearing for one of the defendants. The money was stolen between January 2007 and January 2009, according to court documents.

District money is supposed to be used to benefit the youth, elderly and disabled members of the district.

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