Monday, January 13, 2014

Montana Woman To Get Probation For Her Role In $195K Embezzlement Conspiracy Of Federal Funds Indended To Support Troubled Youth On Reservation

From the Associated Press on 1/12/14:

Prosecutors are recommending no prison time for a Blackfeet woman who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud and embezzle from a federally funded program for troubled youth on the northwestern Montana Indian reservation.

Charlotte New Breast is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday (Jan. 16) by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on a charge of aiding and abetting theft from an organization receiving federal grant funds.
New Breast, 53, was the administrative assistant for the now-defunct Po'Ka Project, which collected $9.3 million in federal support from 2005 to 2011.
Project leaders and consultants are accused of stealing an estimated $195,000 from the program and making up or embellishing the tribe's in-kind contributions to ensure the federal money kept flowing.
Five other defendants, including project leaders Francis Onstad and Delyle "Shanny" Augare, have pleaded not guilty to a total of 37 criminal counts.
Read the whole story here.

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