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Aberdeen Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

February 28, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Aberdeen man charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud was sentenced on February 27, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Allen Dunlavy, age 48, was sentenced to 8 months of home confinement, 18 months of federal probation, $21,436 in restitution to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Dunlavy was indicted with others for conspiring to falsely obtain grazing privileges on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation by pasturing non-Indian owned cattle on tribally owned grazing range units by falsely claiming that the cattle were owned by a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member. This scheme allowed all of the co-conspirators to avoid paying the $6 per head, per month, Cheyenne River Sioux grazing fee charged for non-Indian owned cattle that graze on tribal range units. Dunlavy’s part in the conspiracy defrauded the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of approximately $21,436 in fees.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.




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