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May 19, 2017 11:25 AM

Four Plead Guilty In South Dakota Tribal Embezzlement Case

Four of six people charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota have pleaded guilty in federal court in Aberdeen.

Court documents show the case involves unlawful spending of over $81,000 from Big Coulee District, a political subdivision of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe.

Carrie Godfrey, Gerald Heminger Jr. and Colette White pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to commit theft.

Godfrey's plea agreement says she'll pay over $31,000 in restitution to the tribe. Heminger and White will pay the tribe over $5,000 each.

Gerald German Jr. pleaded guilty to theft from a tribal organization. He agreed to pay nearly $17,000 to Big Coulee and $63,000 to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The second payment is in connection to a separate case.

They're scheduled for sentencing in August.

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