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Former employee of OST Treasurer’s Office Pleads Guilty to
Taking Monies from Transit Office

March 17, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Latonna Lynn Weasel Bear, age 35, of Pine Ridge, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on March 17, 2011, and pled guilty to a superseding information that charged her with Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization. The maximum penalty upon conviction is one year of imprisonment and a $100,000 fine.

Weasel Bear was an employee of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Treasurer's Office in 2009. She collected money earned by the Transit Office's buses and deposited the money in the bank after it was counted at the Transit Office. Weasel Bear pled guilty to failing to deposit a total of $1,570.21 in the Tribe's account and using the money to pay personal bills.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for June 6, 2011. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.




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