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Informational: Federal Court Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 21, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that in Great Falls, on March 21, 2011, a grand jury returned an indictment for the following individual:

FLORENCE A. WHITE EAGLE, a 63-year-old resident of Poplar, has been charged with conspiracy to convert tribal credit program proceeds by federal employees, theft and conversion from an Indian tribal organization, concealment of public corruption, public acts affecting a personal financial interest, bribery, and misprision of a felony. WHITE EAGLE was not arrested, but was ordered to appear in court to enter a plea to the charges on March 29, 2011.

If convicted of these charges, WHITE EAGLE faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release for bribery; five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release for each of the following offenses: conspiracy to convert tribal credit program proceeds by federal employees, theft and conversion from an Indian tribal organization, concealment of public corruption, and public acts affecting a personal financial interest; and three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 1 year supervised release if convicted of misprision of a felony. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Interior - Office of Inspector General.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

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