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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mission Woman Sentenced For Theft In Connection With Healthcare And Larceny

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota woman convicted of Theft in Connection with Healthcare and Larceny was sentenced on April 12, 2013 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Tisha Leader Charge, age 33, was sentenced to 1 year probation on each count, to be served concurrently, a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund and restitution in the amount of $357.93.

Leader Charge was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2012 and pled guilty to the above charges on February 8, 2013.

The charges stem from incidents wherein Leader Charge, between January 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012, stole the personal property of the employees and interns at Indian Health Hospital in Rosebud. During that time period, Leader Charge was working at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Health Service Hospital as a pharmacy technician. She admitted to stealing money out of co-employees’ belongings in the breakroom. The total amount of money stolen was under $1,000. Leader Charge also fraudulently obtained prescription medications from the pharmacy in various ways. She would “short” prescriptions by taking a few of the prescribed pills out of the bottle before dispensing it to the patients. She also took prescribed medications not picked up by a patient and then entered the medications in the computer system as being restocked. Leader Charge admitted to giving some of the stolen medications to other people.

The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015