US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte woman charged with False Statement to a Federal Agency was sentenced on November 15, 2011, by US District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Miranda Marshall, a/k/a Randi Marshall, age 32, was sentenced to four years of probation, restitution in the amount of $8,910 to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Marshall was indicted for two counts of False Statements by a federal grand jury on March 8, 2011. The charges relate 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 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 grazing fees and taxes. Marshall pled guilty to one count of the indictment on August 16, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Interior. Assistant US Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.