United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Timber Lake man charged with False Statements to a Federal Agency was sentenced on August 4, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Roy Veit, age 22, was sentenced to one month in custody, one year 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 False Statements to a Federal Agency on May 9, 2011. The charge relates to Roy Veit and others unlawfully conspiring to obtain grazing privileges from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to pasture non-Indian-owned cattle on tribally owned 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 Tribe fee and thereby defrauding the Tribe of approximately $50,532.
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 Marshal’s Service on November 1, 2011, to begin serving his sentence.