3 plead guilty in Crow tribal fraud case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Three of seven defendants charged in a $500,000 fraud
investigation at the Crow Tribe Historic Preservation Office have pleaded guilty
to federal charges.
Tribal officials have said the defendants were suspected of charging companies
for historic preservation office oversight of their work on the reservation but
not turning the payments over to the tribe, which also was paying them.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 46-year-old Troy Chandler and 33-year-old
Mark James Denny pleaded guilty to theft from an organization that receives federal
funds. Both were employees of the preservation office. The government is seeking
about $44,500 in restitution from Chandler and $73,000 from Denny.
Frederick Paul Deputee Jr. pleaded guilty to theft from an Indian organization.