United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree man charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud was sentenced on July 21, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Frank Veit, age 55, was sentenced to six months in custody, 18 months of supervised release, $16,844 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Veit was indicted on November 19, 2011, and pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud on May 3, 2011. The charge relates to Frank Veit and others conspiring to commit wire fraud to obtain grazing privileges from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to pasture non-Indian owned cattle on tribally owned grazing range units by falsely claiming that the Veit family owned the cattle and livestock as Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members. This scheme allowed the co-conspirators to avoid paying the $6 per head, per month, Cheyenne River Sioux fee for non-tribal members’ cattle and thereby defrauding the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of approximately $16,844.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.
Veit will report to the United States Marshals Service on October 21, 2011, to begin serving his sentence.