Feds charge 7 in Crow corruption case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A former historic preservation director from the Crow
Indian Tribe and six others have been indicted for allegedly diverting more than
$500,000 from tribal accounts.
Former Crow preservation director Dale Old Horn and the others pleaded not
guilty during a Tuesday appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby.
They were released on special conditions.
They face charges including conspiracy to defraud the tribe, diversion of tribal
revenues and income tax fraud. The charges varied among the defendants, but
all face possible prison. Tribal officials have said the defendants were suspected
of charging companies for historic office oversight of their work on the reservation
but not turning the payments over to the tribe.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Fehr says the indictment remains sealed because
additional defendants have yet to be arraigned.