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Informational: Federal Court Arraignment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:

FLORENCE A. WHITE EAGLE, a 63-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of 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. She is currently released on special conditions. 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 defendant pled not guilty to the charges.

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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