Pine Ridge Woman Indicted For Stealing Cash
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing over $1,000 in cash from another female at Pine Ridge on January 1, 2012.
Rose Cottier, age 58, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 21, 2013 for larceny. Cottier appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on May 24, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation and Cottier is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Venhuizen is prosecuting the case.
Cottier was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for July 30, 2013.