United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Miranda Marshall, age 32, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on August 16, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged her with Making a False Statement to a Federal Agency. The maximum penalty upon conviction is five years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charge relates to Miranda Marshall making a false statement to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to obtain grazing privileges on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to pasture non-Indian owned cattle on tribally owned grazing range units by falsely claiming that she owned the cattle and livestock as a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member. This scheme allowed Ms. Marshall to avoid paying the $6 per head, per month, Cheyenne River Sioux fee, thereby defrauding the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of approximately $8,910 in fees and taxes.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Interior. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for October 26, 2011. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.